Visitors looking for the latest heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and sanitation products and technologies at the 2013 ISH China & CIHE show didn’t leave the New China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing disappointed.

This year’s show, the largest event for the Asia HVAC and sanitation industries, drew record-breaking numbers for exhibitors and show attendees, further strengthening the event’s billing as Asia’s most influential platform for the global HVAC and sanitation community, and the top destination for China’s booming infrastructure and property-development sectors.

Show officials reported ISH China drew 881 exhibitors (up nearly 8%) from 21 countries and regions. The 2012 show, in its first year at the New China International Exhibition Centre, featured 816 exhibitors. This year’s show covered 80,000 square meters (861,113 sq. ft.) and was staged in six halls.

Attendance for the April event was up 11% from 33,146 visitors in 2012 to 36,897 attendees this year. Show-goers were able to source items, including wall-hung boilers, heat pumps, solar energy devices, radiators and fittings, heat exchangers, air-conditioning units, floor-heating devices, heat meters, faucets, shower systems, bathtubs, plumbing accessories and sanitation wares.

Education was an equally important part of the presentation at ISH China. Show-goers not only were treated to a bonanza of well-presented manufacturer product and technology displays (show officials reported 77% of exhibitors increased booth size from the previous edition), but meaningful educational opportunities, many of which championed sustainability.

Called fringe programmes, a variety of education sessions offered in-depth discussions on a number of topics related to the plumbing and HVAC industries.

The Sino European HVAC Congress presented a discussion on the concept and technologies of green and energy-saving HVAC applications. This two-day program was broken into central heating, individual heating and heat pump segments.

Topics covered included the European market for heating technology and the legal frame of reference for energy saving in homes, the application of rapid condensing technology, different heat applications of a household gas boiler, heating solutions for residential application in hot-summer/cold-winter regions, the application of solar ground heating technology, the market trend of the global heat pump market and sewage heat pump applications.

New to the fair this year was the Sino European Sanitation Congress, which focused on the growth and upcoming trends in sanitation technology and design, as well as policies for China and Europe. This session was broken into industry update and design forum segments.

Topics here included the development and market analysis of the European sanitation industry, water resource management policy and the development of a water-saving society, the design trend of sanitary products in Europe in the next decade and the sustainable development of sanitary design.

Other sessions from Day 1 of the show included a seminar on the application of an integrated heat pump and solar energy system for residential heating, cooling and sanitary hot water, as well as the application of heat pump drying technology and heat recovery of fuel gas.

Once again, there was no shortage of manufacturers familiar to U.S. customers. That list included the likes of A. O. Smith, Baxi, Danfoss, Ametek, Honeywell, Grundfos, Wilo, York, Watts, Oventrop, Caleffi, Aquatherm, Neoperl and Kohler.

ISH Shanghai & CIHE runs Sept. 25-27 concurrently with the Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. The 2014 ISH China & CIHE show takes place May 13-15 in Beijing.

ISH China 2013-Day 1

ISH China 2013-Day 2