Chillventa-entrance

With a record number of exhibitors, Chillventa opens its doors on Tuesday hoping to attract a record number of visitors.

Danfoss-stand

Very red but no Red Dwarf: the mighty Danfoss stand in the course of construction

Despite the success of the last event, the organiser is refusing to appear over optimistic, saying merely “the event team is looking optimistically to Chillventa 2014 and is confident that the importance of this exhibition for the sector will continue to grow.”

GEA-Stand

The Gea stand – as far as the eye can see

Leach,-Covey,-Klein

Some faces that many will remember (l to r): Bernard Leach, founder and former owner of Aspen Pumps with “Dr Bob” Bob Covey and Vern Klein at the show today. What are they up to? More will be revealed this week.

There was certainly a large contingent of Brits arriving before the show as evidenced by the turn-out in Finnigan’s tonight.  Amongst the sleep-deprived travellers on the Ryanair red-eye from Stansted were refrigeration consultant Bob Arthur, DuPont marketing manager Mark Hughes, Enrico Mirandola and Steve Nicholl of RDM, Parker Hannifin’s Angus Mackintosh, Mike Creamer of Business Edge, Harp’s Dewi Garcia, Matthew Brumwell of Thermacom and the ACR News and Thermofrost Cryo teams, to name but a few. Also surprised but delighted to see Vern Klein, most recently of Advanced Engineering.

As ever, the stand erectors were beavering away to ensure everything was ready for the opening, with some stands in a better state of preparedness than others, it has to be said. But that is the way it always is. I’m sure there are many still working away as I write this just before midnight.

While size is not everything, there are the usual huge stands from the usual suspects, in particular, and only as examples, Emerson, Bitzer, Danfoss, Daikin and GEA.

Today’s extensive conference programme attracted large audiences. Of particular interest was the symposium organised by EPEE and the compressor manufacturer’s group ASERCOM discussing the F-gas regulations and their likely effect on the market.

More on that soon and other topics as they reveal themselves over the next three days.