ACREX India is the flagship event of ISHRAE. It has been recognized as the largest exhibition of air conditioning, ventilation, refrigeration and building services in South Asia, and sixth largest in the world. More than that, it is an annual celebration of the spirit of the Indian HVAC&R fraternity, as it brings together on one platform the who’s who and what’s what of the industry. Started in Bangalore in 1990, it is now an annual event that rotates between Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. In its Silver Jubilee year, the 15th edition of ACREX India was held from February 26 to 28 at Bangalore, with the theme Less Energy = More Life. Bangalore International Exhibition Centre is India’s only LEED certified Green exhibition centre. The event saw the participation of all the major companies in the industry, reflecting their optimism in its growth prospects in the short and medium term. Overseas companies also participated in large numbers, underlining the fact that India is one of the few countries today where the HVAC&R market is expected to grow. N?rnbergMesse India was the Event Producer. The exhibition had over 350 exhibitors including more than 100 overseas exhibitors from 25 countries, and the footfall exceeded 20,000. The event was partnered by industry heavyweights like Carrier, United Technologies, Hitachi, Blue Star, VK Building Services, Voltas, Sobha Projects & Trade, AHRI, AC Humidin, Bry-Air (Asia), Citizen Industries, Desiccant Rotors International, Edgetech Air Systems, Fuji Electric India, Ingersoll Rand, Paharpur Cooling Towers, Spectrum Industries, Tecumseh, Zamil Air Conditioners and UL India. The event was endorsed by ASHRAE. In view of the rapid growth of the cold chain sector in India, a separate pavilion was dedicated to Refrigeration & Cold Chain Industry. (Coverage of this pavilion appears in What’s New, Cold Chain supplement, March-April 2015.) Another pavilion was dedicated to Smart Homes, to highlight ISHRAE’s emphasis on energy efficiency. There were several concurrent events like workshops, seminars, ACREX Awards Night, Bry-Air Awards Night, aQuest Student Quiz Competition, National Student Design Competition (covered in Student Corner in the current issue), and signing of Memoranda of Understanding with various organizations. The tone was set by a Curtain Raiser on the eve of the exhibition. A four day program of knowledge workshops was conducted by ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturers. A one day seminar on Refrigeration & Cold Chain was also organized (covered in What’s New, Cold Chain supplement, March-April 2015).
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