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HVACR Manufacturers, Industry Professionals Report Strong Economy Heading into 2020 AHR Expo
2020 Economic Survey and Trend Report details business projections, opportunities and important issues among all sectors
WESTPORT, Conn., November 26, 2019 –
Members of the HVACR community reported a continued positive business
outlook heading into 2020 in the latest AHR Expo and ASHRAE Journal
Annual Economic Outlook Survey. The survey was distributed to past and
prospective attendees, as well as industry manufacturers, to gauge the
market leading into the new year. Additionally, for the first time, the
2020 report includes input on trends, issues and opportunities as
outlined by representatives from industry associations regarding their
respective areas of expertise.
The full report can be downloaded on the AHR Expo website.
According to the report, 79% of respondents indicated good or excellent predicted sales prospects as we cross into 2020. While there continues to be shifts in the market, overall, the industry remains in a positive economic position. For example, heading in to 2019 the ‘retrofit and renovation’ segment was ranked as having the highest business growth potential. This year, it fell to second place, falling behind maintenance and replacement jobs.
Manufacturers and our attendee
shareholders alike are reporting a strong economy,” said Mark Stevens,
manager of AHR Expo. “Our recent report reveals that members of the
HVACR community expect the successes of 2019 to hold in the new year.
This will be evident on the Show floor as our exhibitors continue to
introduce new and innovative products that meet the rising demand for
smarter and more efficient solutions.”
Each year the AHR Expo kicks off business Q1 with the industry’s first chance to see what’s new in HVACR. Exhibitors use the opportunity to launch products at the Show and discuss new opportunities ahead. As a precursor to the Show, the survey conducted at the end of Q4 provides the opportunity to gauge what’s expected in the year ahead.
“The HVACR industry remains in a season
of change, with innovation and advancement happening in all sectors,”
continued Stevens. “Considerations such as the global market, changing
customer demands and new innovation demands are shaping product designs
and the way we approach the built environment. Across the board,
whether entirely new concepts or improvements upon existing product
lines, our exhibitors are thinking smarter and delivering impressive
When asked about 2019 sales, 34% of respondents reported an increase of 10% or more, and 70% indicated sales growth of at least 10%. Additionally, respondents reported expected growth in nearly all areas of the industry, with light commercial, health and residential markets identified as having the highest potential in 2020 at 72%, 67% and 64% respectively.
As in previous years, reliability holds steady as the most important consideration factor for consumers when making purchasing decisions. Both exhibitors and attendees alike ranked it as the most important, coming in at 81% for exhibitors and slightly more than 98% for attendees. For the second year in a row, both energy efficiency and indoor air quality secured a top spot in relation to consumer importance among exhibitors, at 67% and 64% respectively. Attendees, however, placed initial costs second at right under 98%, and comfort considerations third at 96%.
Areas of concern include rising tariffs
and the need to recruit and retain a strong skilled workforce.
Additionally, changing DOE regulations and R22 refrigerant phase-out
remains high on respondent radars. Areas of opportunity include
automation and self-diagnostic controls and continued growth in the
IoT/IIoT space. On the horizon for potential impacts to the industry
include the forthcoming 2020 Presidential election, growth of big-box
retailers and the viability of new technologies in the market.
The Annual Economic Outlook Survey of HVACR manufacturers and attendees is compiled by AHR Expo, the world’s largest HVACR event, and ASHRAE Journal.
ABOUT THE AHR EXPO
The AHR Expo is the world’s largest HVACR event, attracting the most comprehensive gathering of industry professionals from around the globe each year. The Show provides a unique forum where manufacturers of all sizes and specialties, whether a major industry brand or innovative start-up, can come together to share ideas and showcase the future of HVACR technology under one roof. Since 1930, the AHR Expo has remained the industry’s best place for OEMs, engineers, contractors, facility operators, architects, educators and other industry professionals to explore the latest trends and applications and to cultivate mutually beneficial business relationships. The next Show, co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI, will be held Feb. 3-5, 2020 in Orlando, and is held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference.
For more information, visit ahrexpo.com
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