Feb 11, 2016

2016 AHR Expo Draws Crowds

Expo hosted a mix of returning and new exhibitors


The 2016 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), held Jan. 25 to 27 in Orlando, Fla., welcomed 60,926 registered attendees to the HVACR marketplace.

In total, 469,540 sq ft of exhibit space were occupied by 2,063 exhibitors, 334 of which participated in AHR Expo for the first time in 2016. This year’s 18,254 exhibitor personnel addressed 42,672 visitors, based on a preliminary attendance count by the show’s management company, International Exposition Co.

Five hundred sixty-one international exhibitors and 3,570 personnel participated in this year’s show in Orlando. On preliminary count, 9,410 international visitors also were present.

Canadian engagement in AHR Expo remained strong for 2016, with 1,312 exhibitor personnel and 2,218 visitors present this year.

The 2016 AHR Expo show floor encompassed 20 football fields’ worth of exhibits throughout Florida’s largest convention center. Many exhibiting companies, including Beloit, Wis.-based Regal Beloit America Inc., which develops systems for converting power into motion in climate solutions and other market applications, returned as AHR Expo participants. 

A mix of exhibitors’ new product and technology presentations, ASHRAE Learning Institute courses, certification exams, PM Live seminars and many free programs offered by endorsing associations and other groups filled the convention center’s conference rooms. Attendees and exhibitors were able to expand their knowledge on a range of topics, from how to commission an economizer, to cyber security measures for intelligent buildings to the latest advancements in China’s indoor air quality market.

Tuesday afternoon’s presentation of the 2016 AHR Expo Innovation Awards, and announcement of Aeroseal’s duct sealing technology as the 2016 Product of the Year winner, drew a crowd. Companies in 10 product categories—building automation, cooling, green building, heating, indoor air quality, plumbing, refrigeration, software, tools and instruments and ventilation—also received awards.