ORLANDO, Fla. - The 2005 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) celebrated its 75th anniversary with a record number of exhibitors. This was the first time in the history of the AHR Expo that the show was held in Orlando, and, as anticipated, it attracted a large number of industry professionals from around the globe.

According to show management, the 2005 AHR Expo set a new record for number of exhibiting companies, with 1,871 exhibitors taking up 372,955 square feet of exhibit space.

Companies from around the world were represented at this year’s AHR Expo. Exhibitors from 31 countries participated in the show, including Mitsubishi Electric (above), whose parent company is based in Japan, and Airedale (below), headquartered in England. (Photos by Nelson Moy.)
The expo was also one of the biggest shows in the Southeast in total attendance, with more than 45,000 total attendees (over 27,000 visitors and 18,000 exhibitor personnel).

The editors of The News scoured the aisles of the expo to find new products on display. On the pages that follow, we bring you a number of these new products. Obviously, we couldn't fit everything on a limited number of pages, so you'll want to visit our Web site for even more information on the expo.

Just visit www.achrnews.com and click on "AHR Show Coverage" for an overview of products displayed at the show and summaries of expo-related events.

International Presence

Among the most notable aspects of the show was the sheer number of international companies and attendees. A total of 311 international companies from 31 countries, including exhibitors in several country-specific pavilions, showcased their products. Solid representation from around the globe included more than 34 companies from Europe, 86 from around the Pacific Rim, and 123 Canadian companies.

More than 5,300 international visitors from 117 countries registered to attend the show. The expo generally attracts some 20 percent of its attendance from more than 100 countries outside the United States.

Many HVACR professionals travel thousands of miles to see the best the industry's manufacturers have to offer. The 2005 show included a larger presence of visitors from Mexico and Central and South American countries.

More than 45,000 total attendees (over 27,000 visitors and 18,000 exhibitor personnel) flocked to the aisles of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., for the 2005 AHR Expo.
Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company (which produces and manages the AHR Expo), attributes much of the show's success to its continuing effort to meet the changing needs of the industries it serves.

"The total of 1,871 exhibiting companies is a new all-time record for the show, and it tells us that we are providing a valuable service to the industry.

"With growing participation from the international community," he said, "it's clear that the impact of the show reaches into every corner of the world."

The 2005 Innovation Awards were presented at the AHR Expo. This year’s winners are: Invisible Service Technicians LLC, Copeland Corp., Trs Systems Inc., Munters, Danfoss, Wrightsoft Corp., Goodway Technologies Corp., and Hardcast. (Photo by Nelson Moy.)

Third Annual AHR Expo Innovation Awards

The winning companies of the third annual AHR Expo Innovation Awards were honored at a special ceremony during the show. This year's awards were given in eight specific categories and were judged for innovation, application, value to user, and market impact. The awards are intended to promote and encourage product innovation by recognizing exceptional achievements.

"We are very pleased with the wide range and high quality of product submissions we received for the third year of the award program," said Stevens.

"It is a pleasure to recognize and honor manufacturers that have excelled through exceptional creativity in turning technology into useful and efficient products."

The registration fees for the product entries have been donated this year to a scholarship fund at the Technical Education Center of Osceola, Florida.

Cool Art generated some buzz at the AHR Expo, garnering LG Electronics a lot of attention. (See “AHR Expo — The Talk Of The Show” in this issue for more information on this innovative product.)

2005 Expo Highlights

Special attractions at the 2005 AHR Expo included a special 75th anniversary photo gallery in the registration area illustrating how the show and the industry have progressed since the expo first started in 1930.

For those who came to the show looking for educational opportunities, many of the AHR Expo's endorsing associations conducted free sessions that presented practical information ranging from principles of business management to a variety of current technical developments, including building automation.

As always, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) produced a large variety of sessions in conjunction with its annual Winter Meeting, which is held concurrently with the show. These included numerous short courses with a nominal tuition charge and a free public session titled "Battling Humidity in Southern Climates."

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) presented information on how proper equipment operation and maintenance affect energy efficiency.

The finals of the 2005 SkillsUSA competition were held at the show to determine who would represent the USA in the World Skills Competition in Helsinki, Finland.

ASHRAE and the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) co-sponsor the event. The Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is an honorary sponsor. The 2006 AHR Expo will be held Jan. 23-25 at Chicago's McCormick Place.

The AHR Expo is produced and managed by International Exposition Company, 15 Franklin St., Westport, Conn. 06880; 203-221-9232; 203-221-9260 (fax); info@ahrexpo.com; www.ahrexpo.com.

Publication date: 02/28/2005