A new report has highlighted the challenges facing the European retail industry as it moves from damaging HFCs to natural refrigerants.
The study from the University of Birmingham was commissioned by Emerson to coincide with the one year anniversary of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which set a global phase-down schedule for HFCs.
The challenges facing the refrigeration and air conditioning industry dominated proceedings at the Association of European Component Manufacturers annual meeting in Brussels.
Alongside lectures from association experts, ASERCOM used the occasion of its 25th anniversary to hold its first open forum on topics including EU regulations, energy efficiency and further education.
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
Brian Suggitt, Managing Director Middle East at Systemair AB, has been elected as the first Chairman of Eurovent Middle East.
Brian has worked in the region for more than 30 years at American Air Filter, Dorma Automatic Doors, Colt International and Systemair.