World’s largest HVACR event soars to new heights in visitor and total attendance, exhibitors, exhibit space and countries represented


WESTPORT, Conn. – By any measure, the 2018 AHR Expo, was an unparalleled success, setting six all-time highs including more than 72,000 in total attendance and 49,995 registered visitors, both records.


When the 70th edition of the world’s largest HVACR marketplace convened in Chicago in January, four additional records were set, including the number of exhibitors, square feet of exhibit space and countries represented.


Next year’s Show will be held in Atlanta from January 14-16, 2019. With exhibit space already sold out, and 90 percent of this year’s attendees forecasting excellent or good business conditions in the coming year according to ASHRAE Journal research, the 2019 AHR Expo is also poised for success.


“The excitement generated by this year’s record crowds of attendees and exhibitors was palpable from the show floor to the training sessions,” said Clay Stevens, manager of the AHR Expo. “Whether you are designing a building’s HVACR system from the ground up, or want to make your existing spaces warmer, cooler, quieter, smarter, safer or more comfortable and efficient, the AHR Expo is the only place where you can see and experience it all, learn from the industry’s top experts and stay at the forefront of innovation.”


2018 AHR Expo by the Numbers

Total Attendance (including exhibitor personnel) – 72,075, up from 68,615 (2017)
Total Visitor Attendance – 49,995, up from 48,568 (2017)
Exhibiting Companies – 2,155, up from 2,118 (2015)
Exhibit Space (SF) – 534,080, versus 500,159 (2017)
Countries Represented – 169, compared to 165 (2017)
Highlights from Chicago

Innovation was pervasive at the Show, and leading the field were the 10 winners of the coveted 2018 AHR Expo Innovation Awards, recognized in a ceremony honoring their achievements. Selected from this elite group and announced at the event as the 2018 Product of the Year was the green building category innovation winner Danfoss for its Turbocor TTH/TGH High Lift Compressor. Optimized for air-cooled chiller and heat recovery applications, Danfoss Turbocor models feature oil-free, variable speed, magnetic bearing operation for outstanding full- and part-load efficiency, low vibration and sound, a small footprint, and reduced maintenance.