The Air Conditoning and Refrigeration European Association (AREA), which represents air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump contractors across Europe and beyond, has welcomed two new member associations. AEFYT from Spain and TRA from Thailand joined at the spring 2017 General Assembly in Amsterdam.
AEFYT is the Spanish association representing companies in the cooling and refrigeration industry, including contractors. After an introductory meeting at the end of 2016, they had been granted temporary membership by the Board from January onwards.
AEFYT President Roberto Solsona Caballer said: “AREA and AEFYT share common interests and objectives such as cohesion, collaboration, distribution of information and contact between national and international associations to achieve the development of refrigeration techniques and professional certifications.”
Engineers from the University of Sheffield have co-designed a unique system to keep football fans and players cool at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Although the competition has been moved from the summer to November and December, the average temperature during this time ranges between 25 - 29℃.
More than 68,000 people attended the record-breaking 2017 AHR Expo in Las Vegas.
The official attendance figure of 68,615 broke the previous record of 61,674 (set at the 2015 show in Chicago). This number was also 28.7% greater than the overall attendance (53,324) at the last AHR Expo held in Las Vegas in 2011.
Additionally, the 2017 show’s exhibits occupied a total of 500,159 net square feet, breaking the AHR Expo all-time record set in 2015 in Chicago at 486,600 net square feet.
At 48,568, the total number of 2017 AHR Expo visitors also surpassed the show’s all-time visitor attendance of 42,887, set in 2014 in New York.
“We are beyond proud to see evidence that the AHR Expo continues to grow in both attendance and size, as well as in alignment with the HVACR industry at-large,” said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company. “It’s such an exciting time for the industry right now, and that was prominently reflected in the level of enthusiasm and the wide scope of ingenuity seen on the 2017 Show floor in Las Vegas. We look forward to our continued production of this premier platform for HVACR innovation, idea exchange and business development, and specifically to our 2018 show in Chicago.”
The 2017 show’s nearly 11.5 acres of exhibit space was occupied by 1,968 exhibitors, 259 of which participated in the AHR Expo for the first time. A notable 20,047 exhibitor personnel staffed the exhibits in Las Vegas, representing a majority of the U.S. geographic landscape, as well as 32 outside countries.
A total of 14,825 international visitors attended the 2017 show from 165 countries, along with 541 international exhibitors.
The next AHR Expo, co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI, will be held 22-24 January 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago. For more information visit ahrexpo.com
The global air conditioning market had a tough year in 2015 and it will recover more slowly than predicted, according to a recent report from BSRIA.
The BSRIA report showed that the global market declined by 5% in volume in 2015, after a 7% growth in 2014. Sales in 2014 were boosted by the market in the Asia Pacific region. The decline in 2015 was due to a decline in the same region.
Asia Pacific accounts for 61% of the global packaged air conditioning (PAC) market. which dropped by 5% by volume. The markets in China, Japan, Indonesia and Korea, the four biggest markets, all declined.