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ISH 2023 makes an impressive comeback

ISH 2023 makes an impressive comeback
ISH 2023 brought together the entire heating, HVAC and sanitation industry to Frankfurt am Main, Germany (photo courtesy Messe Frankfurt).

Tangible solutions for achieving climate protection goals in the building sector were the focus of ISH 2023 in Frankfurt am Main Germany. The sanitary, heating and air-conditioning technology industry is pointing the way to a more sustainable future: decarbonization, the use of renewable energies, and greater energy efficiency are the order of the day.

ISH 2023, the international sanitary, heating, and air-conditioning technology industry made the most of the five-day fair that concluded on March 17, 2023, for intensive networking, to experience innovations, and to advance business.

According to the organizers Messe Frankfurt, almost 154 000 visitors from 154 countries were more than satisfied and, after a four-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, seized the opportunity to find out about the status quo and the future of the heating transition in the building sector and sustainable water supply.

ISH more than fulfilled the expectations of our customers and came at just the right time to meet the challenges of our time such as climate protection and security of supply. The industry presented tangible solutions for the current political requirements, so the installing trade, as the strongest visitor group, also benefited, commented Wolfgang Marzin, Chairman of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt.

The high socio-political relevance of the ISH 2023 was underlined by the interest of leading political representatives.

At the opening of the trade fair, the German Federal Minister for Housing, Urban Development, and Construction Klara Geywitz pleaded for sensible transitional periods, social cushioning, and openness to technology when implementing the heating transition.

The Prime Minister of the Federal State of Hesse Boris Rhein and Hesse’s Minister of Economics Tarek Al-Wazir also took the opportunity to discuss market-ready solutions with the exhibiting industry.

Also, Stephanie Wüst, Frankfurt City Councillor and Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Messe Frankfurt took the opportunity to visit the ISH.

Top issues of the industry in the focus

2 025 exhibitors from 54 countries occupied the entire Frankfurt exhibition grounds and showed the latest developments in the heating market, air-conditioning and ventilation technology, intelligent home and building automation as well as modern and sustainable bathroom design and innovative installation technology.

As an important component of the energy transition, heat pumps, wood as an energy source and alternative forms of storage were of particular importance.

First-time exhibitor and winner of an ISH Design Plus Award, Qvantum Energi AB is a Swedish company that is developing a 5th generation district heating and cooling (5GDHC) that combines the benefits of a local energy system and decentralized heat pumps, allowing flexible and efficient connection of buildings to the best available energy sources. Peter Jocic, COO of Qvantum, and Qvantum Apartment Heat Pump at ISH (photo courtesy Qvantum).

Further topics of interest were the shortage of skilled workers in the sanitary, heating, and air-conditioning trade and demographic change, which calls for bathrooms that are suitable for the elderly and those in need of care.

Innovative ventilation systems and touch-free fittings, which are gaining importance in the wake of the pandemic, were on the agenda, as were new ideas for conserving materials and resources in the bathroom sector.

In the extensive event program of the fair, the most important trends were presented and discussed by experts.

Almost 154 000 visitors, 44 percent of them from abroad, found their way to the exhibition halls. After Germany, the major visitor countries included the Netherlands, Italy, France, Switzerland, Belgium, China, the UK, Poland, Austria, and Turkey. The high level of satisfaction shows that their trip was worthwhile.

According to a Messe Frankfurt survey, 94 percent saw their trade fair visit goals achieved and 96 percent were satisfied with the range of exhibits. 52 percent of the visitors expect the economic situation in the industry to improve.

The next ISH will take place from March 17 – 21, 2025.

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