The ACR Show, the UK’s only dedicated event for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry returns to the NEC, Birmingham in 2016 on February 16-18. The event has a brand new, user friendly website which is compatible with all desktop and mobile devices, while a show app – designed to connect exhibitors and visitors all year round – will launch in January 2015.

Despite extreme weather conditions affecting many parts of the country, The ACR Show 2014 attracted 2,492* unique visitors – all buyers, contractors, installers and end-users who braved the journey to see new technologies and hear from the industry’s top experts.

2016 sees the show expanding to include heat pump companies, a natural integration, with the three industry sectors already working closely together in today’s market.

Besides a fantastic line up of exhibitors showcasing the latest technologies, will be an informative and topical seminar programme in each of the three main seminar theatres, with further opportunities for companies to run their own seminar programmes in mini theatres.

New for 2016, Toshiba Carrier is delighted to be sponsoring the Training and Careers Theatre.  David Dunn, general manager, Toshiba Air Conditioning said: “We believe training is vital to maintain and enhance professional standards across the industry and secure its future. We will be actively supporting and championing the development of the show’s Training and Careers Theatre in the run up to and during the event, to help ensure it fulfils its potential.”

The Institute of Refrigeration, REFCOM, B&ES and FETA have voiced their support for the 2016 event. REFCOM’s Stephen Crocker said: “We think it’s vital that the industry has a focus, so that knowledge and experience can be passed on. It’s much better to meet people and talk directly with them on occasions like this, rather than disseminating information all the time.”

With 18 months to go until doors open, organiser Datateam Business has reported a surge in early bookings. “We took 30% more bookings at the close of the 2014 event than in 2012, a clear indication that we are listening to and meeting the needs of the industry,” said Karena Cooper, exhibition sales manager, adding, “To be sure of the best location, companies are advised book now.”

For more information on visiting or exhibiting, go to dev.acrshow.com