Trade Show Slated For Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2002 In Toronto, Canada

Messe Frankfurt and its corporation partners, American Supply Association (ASA), Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), and Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC-NA), announced that the inaugural ISH North America will be held at the National Trade Centre, Toronto, Canada, Oct 31 - Nov.2, 2002.

The event organizers plan to have the Canadian border "eliminated" for the show's exhibitors. Canada Customs will create a "virtual border" inside the National Trade Centre, allowing Customs clearance of all goods and materials that exhibitors may bring to the show. This eliminates any possible delays from the exhibitor's need to complete paperwork at the border. Eliminating another potential obstacle, it is planned that the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency will allow all booth materials, including brochures and giveaways to arrive to the convention site without duty or GST (Goods & Services Tax). Furthermore, international exhibitors and attendees of ISH North America will have special VIP status with Canadian Immigration providing for easy entry procedures.

The new trade event is positioned to become the leading North American trade show integrating six major industry sectors -Heating/Ventilation systems, Air Conditioning technology, Kitchen & Bath products and technology, Plumbing/Hydronics/PVF, Measuring/Testing/Control/Regulation technology and Building Automation.

The organizers are expecting some 20,000 domestic and international buyers to see the anticipated 600 domestic and international exhibitors at the inaugural event in Toronto. This destination was chosen for its convenient, modern convention center, good domestic and international accessibility and cost-effective participation platform for exhibitors and attendees alike. Destinations for the subsequent years will include Las Vegas, Orlando and Chicago.

In an effort to develop the most comprehensive trade show possible, the ISH sponsors invite other industry associations and key industry entities to join the consolidation efforts launched by ISH North America.