acr-159UK: The ACR Show, the UK’s only dedicated event for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry, returns to the NEC in 2016 with an additional emphasis on heat pumps. 

Seen as a natural extension of the show, the latest heat pump technology will now line up alongside the latest developments in refrigeration and air conditioning in an event which will also build on the success of its informative and topical seminar programme.

The 2016 show, which will run from 16-18 February 2016, will include three main seminar theatres, with further opportunities for companies to run their own seminar programmes in mini theatres.

Toshiba Carrier has already agreed to sponsor the Training and Careers Theatre. Commenting on the company’s involvement, David Dunn, general manager, 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 also 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.”

The event has a brand new, user friendly website (www.acrshow.com) 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.