Frigair hits the mark


The event, organised in partnership with the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC), only takes place once in every three years. This year it was held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand
The largest show for this industry in Africa, the exhibition showcases the latest technology and innovations from the industry with thousands of products on display, offering HEVAC&R role-players the opportunity to experience the latest the market has to offer.
Happiness all round
Exhibitors on average indicated they were very happy with the quantity and the quality of the visitors, who hailed from over 28 counties worldwide.
In fact, one exhibitor who has taken a stand regularly over the last 15 years told us, ”This has been the busiest Frigair out of all the years I have been exhibiting. Our goal is to meet with contractors and consultants, as well as customers. A goal which came to fruition brilliantly this year.”
“The numbers were great,” agrees Themba Khambule, director of Rickard Air Diffusion. “Frigair works for us because it brings together so many people under one roof, and then connects us with them. It’s a good way to meet as many new people as possible and we also had the opportunity to showcase some of our new products to existing and prospective clients.”
Garid Glenn, application engineer for Baltimore Aircoil Company SA adds, “We invite our existing customers to take them through our new products and technologies. We also aim to reinforce the message that we are a professional firm through the quality of our stand which has borne fruit as we have quite a few leads to follow up.”
Visitors were impressed too. Nicolaas Classen, NC Consult, Pro Med Tech says Frigair is great because all the stakeholders in the industry are under one roof. “It gives you the opportunity to meet people who you have emailed or spoken to on the phone but never met.”
Well-attended seminars and events
In addition to the exhibition, visitors could attend seminars hosted by SAIRAC for free. These were well attended, and again feedback from delegates on the speakers and the topics covered was good. During the seminars, the seating area was full with additional delegates standing outside the low-walled seminar theatre area.
Space was sold out for the three American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (Ashrae) courses run at the show with three international Ashrae speakers specially flown in to present the material and to share their wealth of global knowledge.
The courses presented included Designing and Operating High-Performing Healthcare HVAC Systems, Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Systems: Design and Application, and Basics of High-Performance Building Design. Each short course of three hours earned its attendees CPD points.