CHICAGO — Show management announced that even before the 2015 AHR Expo opened its doors, three new all-time records were already established for the world’s largest HVACR event.

As of the first week of January, there were more than 2,100 exhibiting companies occupying over 480,000 net square feet of exhibit space — both new records for the 67th event. The 2015 AHR Expo will be at least 10 percent larger than the previous largest show and feature 8 percent more exhibitors than last year’s event in New York City. Included in this record number of companies are 380 that have never exhibited at the show before.

Another new all-time record is the number of international exhibitors showcasing their products and solutions. This year, 592 international companies from over 30 countries are exhibiting in Chicago, representing a 16 percent increase over the previous record.

Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Co., which produces and manages the AHR Expo, noted that the six largest shows, and five of the six best attended, have all taken place in Chicago.

With pre-registration ahead of the last Chicago show in 2012, which set the attendance record at that time, coupled with a crowded show floor on Monday and Tuesday this year, the 2015 Chicago show could also become the all-time attendance leader.

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