With around 190,000 visitors and over 2,500 exhibitors ISH is the world’s leading trade fair and international meeting place for the sector at the same time. 46 % of the visitors 66 % of the exhibitors come from outside Germany. 96 % of all trade fair guests were satisfied with their visit in 2019.
ISH focuses on modern bathroom design, sustainable heating and air-conditioning technology as well as intelligent home systems. The world’s largest exhibition space for the HVAC sector showcases an array of practical solutions for the most important issues of our time: achievement of climate protection targets, conservation of resources through the use of renewable energies, increasing digitalisation and smart technologies.Learn more
ISH 2019 in figures
ISH, the world’s leading trade fair for HVAC + Water, once again gave an impressive demonstration of its importance for German and international visitors and exhibitors. Achieving the climate targets is only possible by interconnecting systems and trades. With innumerable solutions, the global meeting place generated a plethora of fresh and future-oriented impulses.
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Number of visitors
The world meets up at ISH. TOP international experts from the sanitary, heating and air-conditioning sectors come to Frankfurt. This makes the fair the industry’s international highlight and its number one meeting place. At ISH 2019, a total of 188,234 visitors has experienced your highlights and innovations on a floor area of 280,200 sqm.
ISH lives up to its reputation as an international player in the trade fair sector. In 2019, the proportion of international visitors increased to 46 % and the trend continues to rise.
Number of exhibitors
The place to be for the entire industry – and a focus of growing international interest. A total of 2,551 exhibitors demonstrated their expertise and innovations at the leading international industry showcase. And with 66 % of exhibitors coming from outside Germany, the international profile of the event continues to grow.
Larger exhibition area
ISH continues on its growth path. The largest exhibition venue in the world for product innovations occupies an area equal to approximately 39 football pitches, an increase of roughly 19,000 sqm.
Ranking of ISH
ISH has consolidated and improved its ranking. The fair is generating increasing interest among German and international trade visitors and reinforcing its unique selling point in comparison to other international trade fairs. The number of German trade visitors ranking it as the number one event increased by 3 percentage points to 45 %. And the same trend can be seen in terms of its ranking by international visitors with a 2 percentage point increase to 42 %.
Origin of international visitors
Internationally and globally unique: In 2019, visitors came from a total of 161 countries. This represents a rise in the proportion of international visitors to 46 %. Altogether 75 % of guests came from Europe, 18 % from Asia, 4 % from the Americas, 2 % from Africa and 1 % from Oceania.
Visitor business sectors
You’ll find the right industry contacts at ISH. Here you can meet top decision-makers from the installation trades, commerce and industry as well as from architecture, engineering and planning offices. In terms of German installation trades alone, 49 % of visitors came from top management. The extremely positive economic situation in the installation trades led to fewer visitors from the sector this time. However, the number of decision-makers at the trade fair rose.
Also on the up is the number of visitors from other target groups involved in construction, such as the real estate sector, property developers and building technology service providers.
Occupational status of trade visitors
From trainees to CEOs – ISH offers a glimpse into the future for everyone no matter their occupational status and is the number one networking hub for executives and trainees alike.
Influence on purchasing decisions
Meet decision makers, expand networks, discover markets: 71 % of visitors to ISH 2019 have an influence on purchasing and procurement decisions in their companies.
Trade fair visit objectives of visitors
ISH is a major show that reflects the current topics in the industry and thinks beyond traditional boundaries. This positioning has received a positive response from all visitors. They particularly appreciate the opportunity to familiarise themselves with a wide range of product innovations and new ideas, to take part in continuing professional development events and to expand their specialist knowledge.
Areas of interest at the fair
ISH offers a complete overview of the industry‘s range of products and services. An effective mix that convinced trade visitors from all over the globe in 2019.
Satisfaction of visitors
The figures are impressive: 96 % of all trade fair guests were satisfied with their visit in 2019, which represents a 4 percentage point rise in visitor satisfaction compared to ISH 2017.
The change in the sequence of days at ISH from Monday to Friday was rated positively by 95 % of visitors.
The expansion of ISH has led to a restructuring of the fair. Specifically, this meant that 1,500 of the 2,551 exhibitors moved to new stand locations (in new halls). The move was a success and exhibitor approval was extremely high at 93 %.
Frankfurt welcomes the entire sector. You’ll find all key target groups at ISH:
- Sanitation, heating and air-conditioning installers and industry
- System planners and engineers
- Wholesalers and retailers
- Architects, interior architects, designers
- Construction and housing industry
- Investors and local authorities
Patrons of ISH
Federation of German Heating Industry
Bundesverband der Deutschen Heizungsindustrie e. V. (BDH)
Frankfurter Straße 720 - 726
Andreas Lücke M.A.
General Director BDH
Frankfurter Str. 720 - 726
Association of Air-Conditioning and Ventilation in Buildings
Fachverband Gebäude-Klima e.V. (FGK)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Kaup
Managing Director FGK
Fachverband Gebäude-Klima e.V.
Danziger Straße 20
German Association for Energy Efficiency in Building Services
VdZ – Forum für Energieeffizienz in der Gebäudetechnik e.V.
Dr. Michael Pietsch
Oranienburger Str. 3
Managing Director VdZ
Oranienburger Str. 3
German Sanitary Industry Association
Vereinigung Deutsche Sanitärwirtschaft e.V. (VDS)
Aloys F. Dornbracht GmbH & Co. KG
Köbbingser Mühle 6
Managing Director VDS
Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschen Kachelofenwirtschaft (AdK)
Geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin Wodtke GmbH
Rittweg 55 – 57
Bund Deutscher Architektinnen und Architekten (BDA)
Dr. Thomas Welter
Bundesindustrieverband Technische Gebäudeausrüstung e.V. (BTGA)
Vizepräsident des BTGA
Michael Sperber GmbH & Co. KG
An den Kaiserthermen 5
Bundesverband Schwimmbad und Wellness e. V. (bsw)
Am Lyskirchen 14
Deutscher Großhandelsverband Haustechnik e.V. (DGH)
Dr. Hans Henning
Deutscher Großhandelsverband Haustechnik e.V.
Fachverband Sanitär-, Heizungs- und Klimatechnik Hessen
Vorsitzender des Vorstandes
Heckenweg 2 a
Industrieverband Haus-, Heiz- und Küchentechnik e.V. (HKI)
Dipl.-Kfm Nikolaus Fleischhacker
Vorsitzender Fachverband Heiz- und Kochgeräte im HKI
Geschäftsführer Oranier Heiz- und Kochtechnik GmbH
Weidenhäuser Str. 1 - 7
Verband Deutscher Maschinen und Anlagenbau e.V. (VDMA)
Geschäftsführer FV Armaturen im VDMA
Lyoner Str. 18
Dr. Timo Würz
Geschäftsführer FV Thermoprozesstechnik im VDMA
Lyoner Str. 18
Dipl.-Wirtschafts-Ing. Christoph Singrün
Geschäftsführer FV KDV und Pu im VDMA
Lyoner Str. 18
Dr. Thomas Schräder
FV Allgemeine Lufttechnik im VDMA
Lyoner Str. 18
Dr. Peter Hug
Geschäftsführer Fachverband AMG im VDMA
Lyoner Str. 18
Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V. (ZVEI)
Vorsitzender ZVEI – Fachverband Elektro-Hauswärmetechnik
Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung
Viessmann PV + E-Systeme GmbH
35108 Allendorf (Eder)