Makeover for upcoming 2019 ISH exhibition

The international ISH exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, is set to reinvent itself in 2019, both in terms of layout and visual impact and will, as a result, be setting new standards for the future.

The inclusion of the newly built Hall 12 requires a fundamental rethink of the layout of all the halls. The new grouping for the various product groups and themes creates a clearer overview and greater transparency for visitors, and it achieves all kinds of synergies for the exhibitors.

ISH001 webThe new Hall 12 has contributed to a unifying concept for the layout of the exhibition at ISH.
Image credit: Messe Frankfurt

Alongside the new concept for the exhibition layout, ISH is also changing the sequence of days on which it is held. For the first time, the show will begin on a Monday and end on the Friday. This is to accommodate the wishes of the exhibitors and provides the possibility of an additional working day on which trade visitors can attend. At the same time, the new sequence of days makes it easier for international visitors to travel to and from the event.

Over 2 400 exhibitors, including all the market leaders and technological pioneers from Germany and abroad, will be showcasing their products, many of them for the first time in the world, from 11 to 15 March 2019. The trade fair is the sector’s international meeting place par excellence — already in 2017, some 64% of all exhibitors and 40% of visitors came from outside Germany. And the trend is upwards.

At ISH 2019, the partner country is to be France. This will continue to foster an exchange of ideas and experiences at international level during the show. France was already the third-largest nation to be represented amongst the international visitors back in 2017.


Areas like cooling, air conditioning, and ventilation technologies appear to have ever more facets to them and to be even more important in 2019. Here, under the heading of indoor air quality (IAQ), the focus is, among other things, on modern ventilation systems, as well as on centralised and decentralised solutions for both new builds and renovated properties alike.

Energy efficiency and a comfortable atmosphere in the room, the phasing out of F-gases and the resultant reduction in the availability of suitable refrigerants, as well as the development of alternatives, are all to be discussed, along with the many technical challenges facing the sector. The presentation, at ISH, of skills and competencies that cross the demarcation lines between trades, closely linked with innovative building automation, makes an important contribution to both planning and execution processes.

In the wake of ubiquitous digitalisation, the Internet of Things (IoT), taken together with Building Information Modelling (BIM), also represents a constantly growing segment and a major building block in the creation of ‘smart’ buildings.

Alongside the extensive presentations offered by the manufacturers, the complementary programme, once again, provides an equally broad range of demonstrations and presentations. To make them clearer and more accessible for visitors, the events are grouped into three ‘clusters’: Selection@ISH, Skills@ISH, and Career@ISH. The ‘Selection’ section includes the presentation of awards, the trend forum ‘Pop up my Bathroom’, and a number of guided tours. Under the heading of ‘Skills’ are grouped all the specialist and technical forums on relevant issues in the sector. The ‘Career’ cluster is devoted entirely to encouraging and fostering the careers of the new and younger members of the profession.

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