ACREX INDIA 2016 demonstrates potential of domestic HVAC&R industry through sustained growth in manufacturing

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The three-day event, attended by 34,597 visitors, comprised a series of interesting seminars, workshops and presentations

ACREX INDIA 2016, one of the largest exhibitions on air conditioning, ventilation, refrigerating and building services showcased the manufacturing potential of domestic HVAC&R industry. Spread over three days at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event reportedly witnessed more than 400 exhibitors and 34,597 visitors. The exhibition was spread over a display area of 35,000 sq mts.

ACREX INDIA 2016 kicked off with a panel discussion on ‘Importance of Design and Architecture for Sustainability, Big Savings and Performance in the Long Run.’ The discussion was designed to promote ACREX INDIA’s vision of energy sustainability. The panelists included Arun Bhatia, Managing Director, UTC–Climate Controls & Security; Anuj Agarwal, Head, Infrastructure Management & Service Group, ICICI Bank; Rajan Rawal, Executive Director, Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science & Energy; T David Underwood, P Eng, Fellow ASHRAE Life Member, PRP Ramakrishnan, Area Director of Engineering –South Asia, Marriot International; and Pankaj Dharkar, Chair, Steering Committee of ACREX India 2016.

Primary discussions revolved around building management, performance and the related technology innovations, challenges in end-to-end mergers etc. The event witnessed an increase in global participation by major players. Special designated areas called ‘country pavilions’ were created to accommodate participants from Germany, the US, China and Turkey. The pavilions provided a great opportunity for domestic manufacturers and SMEs to ideate, network and get an understanding of current global trends in designing, energy sustainability andthe related product innovations primarily developed around air quality and refrigeration.

ACREX India 2016 witnessed participation from countries such as Korea, Japan, England, the UK, France, Canada, Taiwan, Singapore, New Zealand, Thailand, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Malaysia, Vietnam and many more.

ACREX 2016 also organised ACREX Hall of Fame Awards. The event recognised key endeavours by the industry around energy sustainability and green initiatives. ACREX Awards of Excellence – recognition of product innovations and green technology and for the first time conceptualised by Danfoss, the hall of fame was introduced at the ACREX INDIA 2016.

The exhibition also served as a global networking platform for the industry with heads of international associations which included Associazione Italiana Frigoristi, The Federation of Thai Industries, Turkish HVAC-R Exporters Union, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Manufacturers’ Association, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Society of Environmental Engineering, Eurammom, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Club, Chinese Association of Refrigeration.

Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE) also organised Quest, a student quiz competition for the second year in a row, sponsored by Hitachi. The quiz was primarily designed to introduce engineering students to the HVAC&R industry.

ACREX India 2016 presented a series of educative sessions during the three-day event. The knowledge sessions provided an opportunity to gain market insights from professionals in the industry and acted as a platform to interact and share thoughts between the industry experts and attendees. The workshops and seminars were conducted by internationally acclaimed experts from the industry and provided a rare opportunity to the participants to learn, share expertise and hone their skills on the latest trends and topics related to HVAC&R industry. Various workshops were also organised to address issues related to industries like dairy, horticulture, food and vegetables.

EP News BureauMumbai