The ACR Show, the UK’s only dedicated exhibition for the refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation, heating and heat pump sectors opens its doors at the NEC, Birmingham in just a few weeks (16-18 February).

This biennial event will see 100+ companies exhibiting top brand products, offering live demonstrations and giving advice on affordable and efficient solutions. From Fujitsu Air Conditioners to Airflow Developments, HygroMatik to Johnson Controls, Scandia Refrigeration to Blondelle, Glacier Coldrooms more, visitors will be spoilt for choice.

Leading experts will also share their knowledge and advice in each of the three main seminar theatres: the Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Theatre sponsored by GREE; the Refrigeration & Cooling Theatre, sponsored by Opteon Refrigerants from Chemours and the Training & Careers Theatre, sponsored by Toshiba Carrier. Sessions include: Major issues of interest in BIM; Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery for commercial applications; Collaborations on Cooling London Underground; New developments in Refrigerants (HFO, CO2) and more.

The decision to include H&V companies has won the backing of all the leading trade associations, including the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR), Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA), Refcom, the Building and Engineering Services Association (BESA), British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), Association of European Component Manufacturers (ASERCOM) and the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA).

The wider industry has pledged its support for the event too, with 60% of exhibitors coming to The ACR Show for the very first time. “Expanding into these sectors has provided a bigger platform for companies to engage with the show and for us to deliver a show that industry has been asking for,” said event manager, Karena Cooper.

The buzz surrounding the show has seen a flurry of new exhibitors in the last couple of weeks, including Heat Trace Limited, Zoppas Industries, Sanctus Training and Regin Controls.

Established in 1974, Heat Trace Limited (HTL) is an innovative British manufacturer of heat tracing solutions within the HVAC industry.  Solutions include anti-frost heave for cold room floors; heaters for cold room door seals; freeze protection for chilled water pipework; and freeze protection of rooftop AC plant pipework.

The ACR Show will act as a launch pad for the ThermaSkirt, a new form of space heating that combines a specially developed heating cable into a traditional skirting board profile. A spokesperson for Heat Trace explained that “this not only saves valuable wall space in accommodation such as student rooms, hotels and healthcare bedrooms by eliminating the radiators, but also improves comfort, energy efficiency and response times.”  .

Zoppas Industries Heating Element Technologies is a global supplier of heating elements and systems for domestic and industrial use. A wide variety of heating elements are available, from sheathed tubular to cartridge, etched foil, thick-film, micro-tubular, band, stitched wire and cable.

In addition to supplying electric heating elements, Zoppas develops and manufactures complete heating systems, including steam generators and water heaters which come ready for installation and are provided with electric heating element, insulation, and control and regulating systems.

Sanctus Training Ltd (previously as Taiga Training) offers a range of NVQ’S, apprenticeships, short, and fast track courses.  “Our highly experienced team has a wealth of knowledge to ensure all delegates leave with full confidence and competence, which is why we are the leading HVACR training provider nationwide,” said a spokesperson.

Regin Controls meanwhile, offers one of the widest ranges of building automation products in the market. Since 1947 it has developed products and systems that create good levels of indoor comfort while reducing energy consumption. Regin will be showcasing a wide range of product at The ACR Show, from field equipment to end user supervisor software.