Greetings from Frankfurt, Germany, where I had the pleasure to walk one of the largest plumbing and heating shows in the world — ISH Messe Frankfurt. A late-season snowstorm kept opening day attendance relatively low, but it was actually nice for attendees, as the aisles were negotiable, and you had better attention from the attendees. Wednesday experienced much better attendance. I’d say that “overwhelming” is still the operative word for ISH.
Hundreds of exhibitors in six pavilions were eager to share their wares. Thousands of attendees came from all over the world to see the industry’s best. If you ever get the chance to see this show, which occurs every other year, jump on the opportunity. You’ll be glad you did. And, while you are there, take a few extra days to enjoy a mini-European vacation. (According to ISH, From March 12 to 16, 2,434 exhibitors (2011: 2,382) showcased their new products – many of them for the first time in the world – over an area of 258,000 square meters (2011: 255,900). During the five days of the fair, a total of around 190,000 visitors took stock of the innovations of the world’s leading manufacturers.)
Viessmann was the most unique booth, as far as cutting-edge and future technology. Ice storage and turning sun into fuel to be stored in the current pipelines was clever and unique.
Buderus iron is as common in the streets of Germany as bubble gum in the streets of America.
Heidelberg is a quick drive through the beautiful German countryside. Many tourists make this a desitnation while attending ISH. (Notice the schloss—or castle—in the background.)