AHR returns to Atlanta for the first time since 2001
AHR Expo January 14-16, 2019.
The 2019 AHR Expo returns to Atlanta for the first time since 2001 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Jan. 14-16.
Since 1930, the show has become the world’s largest marketplace for HVACR, bringing professionals from all facets of the industry together under one roof to discuss and display current trends and best practices, AHR says.
AHR Expo officials report the show will draw more than 2,100 exhibitors and thousands of visitors from around the globe. Attendees can look forward to industry seminars, the latest trends and technologies, special floor sections showcasing where technology is shaping the industry, plenty of networking opportunities and knowledge they can implement in their businesses right away.
There will be thousands of products and technologies spanning more than 770 categories. There is a lot to see over three days. Product preview guides are a great way for attendees to see a sample of what will be on display. Attendees are encouraged to use the MyShow Planner to assist with schedule building and show planning.
“The AHR Expo packs all the industry knowledge under one roof,” says Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr, Caleffi North America training and education manager, and 2019 AHR Expo education program speaker. “This is the one big event that everyone in the HVAC industry needs to attend. It’s the one place where you can see, meet and touch all the latest cutting-edge technology, equipment and training available today.”
AHR Expo show management outlines below some of the things attendees can expect to see in Atlanta and provides a few tips to help them take advantage of their time at the show. For more information on the 2019 show, or to register for free as a show attendee, visit www.ahrexpo.com.
HVACR manufacturers report positive 2018 sales growth according to the latest AHR Expo and ASHRAE Journal Annual Economic Outlook Survey. Last year’s confidence in the industry’s economic outlook is forecast to carry into 2019, with 87% of respondents anticipating positive business prospects heading into the new fiscal year.
The report indicates the HVACR market is primed for continued business growth. Reports for 2018 are at an all-time high with 44% of respondents reporting a significant sales increase of more than 10% year-on-year; this is up from an already impressive 2017 record of 35%.
“This is considerable data confirming the continued growth of our industry, even amongst market shifts and issues facing professionals,” says Clay Stevens, manager of AHR Expo. “It is further indication that the changing market has potential to grow in unexpected ways, and industry professionals need to stay abreast of the latest technologies and equipment available to them. The AHR Expo is a catalyst for this business growth, as engineers, contractors, manufacturers and other professionals from all facets come together to share ideas that advance the industry.”
Get the most out of your attendance
Join the conversation on social media: If you’re not doing so already, make sure you’re following the AHR Expo social media pages (find the show on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram). Here you’ll find real-time updates of announcements and tips that may assist in your planning. It’s also a good idea to post on your personal or company social media pages while at the show; be sure to use show-related hashtags (#AHRexpo, #HVACR, or specific names of exhibiting companies or speakers) so others in attendance can follow your experience and stay connected.
Promote your attendance: It’s a good idea to promote your attendance at the 2019 AHR Expo on your personal social media pages so exhibitors and other attendees can be sure to connect with you on the show floor.
You can do this by joining the leaderboard. The show welcomes thousands of attendees, so planning ahead can prevent missed opportunities. This also is another opportunity to engage in conversations prior to the show about industry trends that you may want to follow up on in person.
Wear comfortable shoes: Don’t underestimate the size of the show floor. With more than 2,100 booths of varying sizes spread over two halls, a day on the floor can lead to tired feet! Plan for a long day on your feet walking lots of real estate.
Take advantage of less busy times on the show floor: Typically, this is the later afternoon or on Wednesday, the last day of the show. During these times you can avoid crowds that slow down your pace when navigating from booth to booth.
The 2019 AHR Expo Education Program includes more than 120 sessions of free seminars, professional certifications and continuing education courses. It continues to grow each year and is a comprehensive, all-inclusive opportunity to hear directly from industry leaders about trends and best practices in HVACR.
This year features nearly 75 free sessions presented by industry experts from leading organizations. The sessions, ranging from one to two hours, provide attendees with potential solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the industry. Attendees can listen in on general HVACR industry subjects, as well as sessions specific to their own line of practice.
This year, attendees can choose from 20 ASHRAE Learning Institute sessions for attendees to participate in professional development, all of which are offered prior to and during the show. All short courses and professional-development seminars have been approved for continuing education units that can be applied toward maintaining P.E. licensure. Attendees must register and pay tuition fees in advance of the show by visiting the ASHRAE registration website, www.ashrae.org/join.
In addition to free seminars and paid certification classes, attendees are encouraged to sit in on brief exhibitor presentations in the New Product & Technology Theater. There are more than 100 presentations scheduled, each lasting about 20 minutes, that aim to give attendees an overview of new product announcements and technologies that they’ll see in exhibitor booths on the show floor. These sessions take place in special theaters right on the exhibit floor and there is no fee or registration required.
2019 innovation award winners
Each year, products in 10 different categories are recognized for being some of the HVACR industry’s most innovative products, systems and technologies. Winners will be featured at the show and will be formally recognized during a special ceremony. They were selected by a panel of third-party ASHRAE member judges who evaluated each award entry based on its innovative design, creativity, application, value and market impact.
Winners and finalists selected within the categories of building automation, cooling, green building, heating, indoor air quality, plumbing, refrigeration, software, tools and instruments, and ventilation are:
Building automation winner: Automated Logic Corp. (Booth C5731); Cooling winner: Johnson Controls (Booth B1617); Green building winner: enVerid Systems (Booth B1061); Heating winner: Regal (Booth B1639); Indoor air quality winner: CPS Products (Booth B3553); Plumbing winner: Anvil International (Booth C6625); Refrigeration winner: Emerson (Booth B2219); Software winner: Taco Comfort Solutions (Booth B2239); Tools and instruments winner: Dwyer Instruments (Booth C5407); and Ventilation winner: Energy Wall (Booth B268). RJ 2.0