Just as we are coming out of the grandeur of the Mega Show, ACREX India 2015, which had a very successful Refrigeration and Cold Chain Pavilion, we will touch upon the major developments in the last four months. ACREX is being covered extensively elsewhere in the Journal and Cold Chain. Still, it would be appropriate to mention that it was one of the biggest shows in our field that this part of the world has seen, and it is growing by leaps and bounds. The quality of products and the event itself is a big positive. Before we look upon events that took place, we want to put across an observation that we came across specifically during this time. It is being noted that in a bid to sell their products, companies (of all sizes and relative market shares) are setting up badly designed facilities (and we are not mincing any words here), which is eventually hitting the market in general. The poor owner is left nowhere as he has invested a huge sum of money to set up his facility and now has to bear the brunt of the bad design (meaning higher power consumption, higher maintenance cost). An important development for the cold chain industry is the exemption of key pre-conditioning activities, which are necessary for post harvest handling of fruits and vegetables, from service tax. More information on this can be obtained from NCCD Newsletter, Issue 12 (February 2015), which, incidentally, also has a significant mention of ACREX in The CEO’s Desk: (http://www.crosstree.info/Documents/NCCD/NCCD%20 newsletter%20-12.pdf) Refcon, held in Pune in December 2014, was a big success. Charanjit Singh, a large cold storage operator from Jalandhar, was the keynote speaker. He gave significant inputs on various factors of handling and storage of produce like onions, carrots, apples, etc. The talk was much appreciated by the participants. There was a DL lecture by Arvind Surange in Sangli/Kolhapur. A seminar was organized by ISHRAE Thane Chapter along with ISHRAE and ASHRAE Mumbai Chapters titled ‘Refrigeration – Defrost the knowledge’, and ARCON 2015 organized by AAR was held in Navi Mumbai (please see What’s Happening). ACRECONF at Delhi also included a cold chain section. Gujarat Cold Storage Association (GCSA) held its AGM in Lonavala. This is a big event with large participation, and evokes a fair amount of industry interest. Harshal Surange was invited to deliver a lecture on Modernisation of Cold Storages. The AHR Expo at Chicago was, as usual, a huge affair and despite very chilly weather, the attendance was remarkable. Indian participation in terms of attendees for various events is ever increasing, which is a good sign. Arvind Surange attended the expo, as it coincided with the meeting of ASHRAE Refrigeration Committee, of which he is a member. Another interesting development, as an outcome of ACREX, is the interest of IIAR in the formation of its own chapters in India, beginning with the announcement of the Maharashtra Chapter at the IIAR International Committee Meeting in San Diego (please see What’s Happening). IIAR, along with Eurammon, had its own booth at ACREX in the Refrigeration and Cold Chain Pavilion, where they met many people connected with the industry. Against the backdrop of the Refrigeration and Cold Chain Pavilion, we are looking forward to many more events and an even bigger Refrigeration and Cold Chain Pavilion in ACREX 2016!
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