AHR Expo reignites energy for all things HVACR

Date: 10 February 2022

After a forced cancellation in 2021, AHR Expo 2022 in Las Vegas is one to remember for years to come.

The AHR Expo returned last week to Vegas after a forced hiatus in 2021. After two years of uncertainty and a longing to reunite the industry, the event represented an eagerness to return to business drawing 30,678 attendees. What’s more, the success of the show signals a reignited energy for all things HVACR and the community’s readiness to take on the challenges and opportunities ahead with renewed optimism.

Energy to reignite large-scale events

“It was impossible to miss the energy in the halls this year,” said Mark Stevens, show manager. “There have been some heavy ups and downs across the industry in recent years and we, as a community, needed to feel the inspiration that happens when we gather together under one roof. The 2022 AHR Expo surpassed any expectation — our exhibitors, attendees, associations, speakers and everyone involved made this event one of the most special we’ve ever hosted. If you were there, the camaraderie was hard to miss. This industry is strong and we are back on track to tackle the challenges before us.”

Attendees were eager to be back in the booths experiencing new products and methods that support their work in the field. It was evident from every corner of the show floor that this industry is bursting with prospects.

A total of 1,573 exhibitors spread out over 443,769 sq ft in the Central and North halls, packing the floor with an explosion of innovation and new products. Given the time apart, there was plenty to take in as exhibitors launched new technology, products and ideas that came to life since we last gathered in Orlando.

"We and our [manufacturer] member companies that exhibited were very pleased with the quality of the Las Vegas Expo. We heard comment after comment about the quality and number of attendees and how grateful everyone was to get back together with their industry colleagues and customers,” said Stephen Yurek, president of AHRI. “ We are grateful to our [manufacturer] members for moving ahead with what turned out to be a really good show, and we look forward to seeing some of them in Guadalajara in September and more of them next year in Atlanta."

Back to business in a big way in the Exhibitor’s Booths

Inside the exhibitor booths this year company reps and attendees were busy catching up on lost time. The challenges in the supply chain and other COVID delays have opened the door for new ways of thinking about partnerships.

“Emerson has always valued the customer engagement opportunities provided by the AHR Expo and the forum to showcase our sustainable solutions that are helping to reduce global impact while improving comfort, efficiency, performance and food safety in the HVACR industry,” said John Schneider, president, HVACR Technologies Americas for Emerson. “After last year’s pause, the Expo provided a much-needed in-person touchpoint and we were thrilled to have our valued customers join us in celebrating our Copeland brand’s 100-year milestone during our pre-show customer event. This year, we also sponsored the Podcast Pavilion, which was a great opportunity for us to align with industry influencers as their role in this industry continues to expand. Ultimately, all our businesses and brands experienced a great turnout, and we are looking forward to even more attendance in 2023.”

Innovation sets the course

On Monday afternoon, the show celebrated the 2022 Innovation Award Winners with a private reception. Members from each winning company were invited to share food and drink and be among industry cohorts also being recognized as leaders in shaping the future of HVACR. The 2022 AHR Expo Innovation Award Product of the Year Award went to Danfoss, for their Danfoss Turbocor VTCA400 Compressor, a winner in the Cooling category.

“Danfoss is honored to be recognized with the product of the year award for our VTCA400 oil-free compressor. Our industry is at the forefront of many critical trends and innovation is vital to meet the challenges ahead. The AHR expo is a great way to showcase these latest technologies,” stated Lisa Tryson, market communications director, Danfoss.

“We were honored to celebrate our 2022 winners with a more intimate celebration,” noted Mark Stevens. “The pace they each are setting for the future of HVACR is astounding and collectively in each of the sectors they are raising the bar on how we are shaping the industry. Congratulations to all our 2022 winners, and to Danfoss for their leadership in innovation.”

Strength in community

Perhaps one of the most inspiring sentiments shared throughout the floor this year was the sense of community that HVACR embraces. Many of the industry’s workforce remained on the front lines throughout the pandemic and relied on the daily connection with professionals through social media and other points of communication. The Podcast Pavilion returned for its second year as a show feature. It was a clear fan favorite as attendees packed the pavilions each day for live recordings from their favorite industry talents.