Viega, ProPress Systems,PM EngineerandPlumbing & Mechanicalhave teamed up to host a trip to Germany for next year's ISH Frankfurt, the plumbing and heating industry's premier trade event, March 25-29. This is one trade show that never fails to impress first-time or long-time attendees. The last ISH event in 2001 featured more than 2,200 exhibitors from 42 countries spread out on 2.5 million sq. ft. of floor space and attracted more than 200,000 visitors from 100 nations.

Trip highlights include:

  • Guests will stay at Burg Schnellenberg, an 800-year-old castle located in Attendorn, for the first two nights, Sunday, March 23 and Monday, March 24. Shuttle transportation will be provided from Frankfurt Airport to the castle. Attendorn is also the headquarters of Viega Germany. (A hotel located near Frankfurt for the remainder of the trip is still to be determined. Look for more details in next month's issue or online at

  • A visit to Viega Germany, Monday, March 24. The visit will include a tour through one of Viega's four production facilities, a bronze foundry (the largest and newest in Europe), and a presentation on the latest plumbing and heating technology. Monday night we will also tour Europe's largest stalagmite cave.

  • A tour of a construction site, Tuesday, March 25, to see what the trades in Germany and United States have in common, as well as what they do differently.

  • On Wednesday, March 26, Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28, we will visit the ISH show. Shuttle transportation between the trade show and hotel is included each day.

  • We will travel to Heidelberg, Friday, March 28 for the remainder of the day and Saturday, March 29, for sightseeing and shopping.

  • Shuttle service will also be provided from Heidelberg for departing flights from Frankfurt, March 30.

The Viega/PME/PM trip costs $1,700 per person, which includes lodging, breakfasts, dinners and ground transportation. Airfare is not included. A 50% deposit is due by Nov. 1, and final payment will be due Jan. 10. Space is limited to 37 people. To reserve your place on this special tour, call Carol Gilson at Viega, (800) 370-3122.

All Market Leaders Back At ISH Frankfurt

With five months still to go, it is already clear that all leading companies of the individual market segments will once again be present when ISH Frankfurt--International Trade Fair for Building and Energy Technology and The Bathroom Experience--opens its doors again on March 25, 2003, and plays host to the international sanitation, heating and air-conditioning world for five days.

More exhibitors on more exhibition space--this result is already evident from the number of registrations received to date. Against the background of a weak economic situation, the world's leading trade fair for the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sectors has an indispensable role to play. Next year, more than 2,000 international exhibitors will once again make their presentations on around 260,000 square meters of exhibition space.

To help visitors find their way around ISH (in 2001, there were around 200,000), the fair is divided into four main sections. The Bathroom Experience is in the eastern part of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre--in Halls 1 to 4 and the Forum. In the new Hall 3 and the Festhalle, visitors will find leading suppliers of products, such as bathtubs, shower stalls, ceramic articles, bathroom furniture and accessories. Fittings and other accessories are concentrated in Halls 4.1 and 4.2. As in the past, swimming pool and sauna equipment is in Hall 1.1.

The air conditioning and ventilation sector exhibited at Light+Building in 2000 and 2002. However, at the request of many major companies, it has again joined forces with the heating and sanitation sectors and will be exhibiting at ISH Frankfurt. It is retaining the trade fair name, Aircontec, International Trade Fair for Air-conditioning and Ventilation Technology, which was introduced in 2002 and will be situated in Halls 5.1 and 6.2.

The Energy and Environmental Technology Forum will be located in Halls 8 to 10 of the western part of the Exhibition Centre. Dominant in terms of the trend and subjects covered will be the German Energy Saving Law. Under the motto "Building Energy Performance," this law is also set to become part of European legislation. The leading companies in this sector have taken account of this and are already offering more systems solutions for heating and hot water installations. According to the number of registrations received so far, a significant increase in the number of companies in the field of regenerative energy is in the cards.

The theoretical and spatial link between The Bathroom Experience and the Energy and Environmental Technology Forum will be the World of Installation Technology in Halls 4.0, 5.0, 6.0/6.1 and 6.3. Here, visitors will find innovative ideas, such as modern connection technology, surface systems and new flushing systems.

As in previous years, ISH Frankfurt will do justice to its claim to be the leading international event for the sector with numerous fringe events and competitions. In addition to Design Plus and the Innovation Prize for Architecture and Technology, the first European Architecture and Technology Award will be presented at ISH Frankfurt 2003. Donated by Messe Frankfurt, this architectural prize will be held and presented in alternate years on the occasion of the Light+Building and ISH fairs.

outLOOK is one of the most important events among the special shows currently being planned in Frankfurt. Held on alternate years at the ISH and Light+Building, outLOOK is aimed specifically at architects and planners. At ISH Frankfurt, outLOOK will revolve completely around the subject of the new Energy Saving Law and the "Building Energy Performance" concept.

The Facts

What: ISH Frankfurt 2003

Where: Frankfurt fairgrounds, Frankfurt, Germany

When: March 25-29, 2003; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Product groups: sanitary engineering; heating engineering; valves and fittings; plumbing technology and metalworking; measuring, testing and control equipment; pipes, pipelines and plumbing supplies; pumps, waste disposal, workshop installations; office, information and communications technology; organizations, associations and institutions; and technical publishers/services.

Organizer: Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Phone: +49 69 75 75-0, Fax: +49 69 75 75-6788, Web site:, e-mail:

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