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Peter Verkempynk: “The industry needs a national show like this to come together, share information and support and learn from one another.

UK: The organiser of the ACR Show 2014 has been encouraged by first-day figures which suggest that yesterday’s attendance was up 7% on the last event in 2012.

Despite challenging weather conditions, the figures suggest that the exhibition will attract a bumper attendance on this, the most popular, middle day of the show.

Jan Thorpe, event director, said: “We are delighted that the industry and its leading organisations have supported the show so positively. The strong visitor attendance on the opening day is obviously very pleasing, and demonstrates the level of interest among the trade and end users for a high quality national exhibition, with all the networking and business opportunities it offers.”

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Graeme Maidment, president of the Institute of Refrigeration, said: “With the important changes taking place in the industry, particularly in relation to the F-Gas revisions, the exhibition could not have been better timed. The Institute is playing a very active part, with a series of expert briefings on leakage prevention which have been very well received.”

Peter Verkempynk, managing director of show sponsor Daikin UK, said: “The industry needs a national show like this to come together, share information and support and learn from one another. We are very proud to be sponsoring the event and wish exhibitors and visitors a very successful and enjoyable show.”

Mike Creamer, managing director of Business Edge, said: “It has been a great opening day – exceptional. We have actually been taking orders on our stand and relaying them back to the office. We have also had discussions that could lead to a major consultancy project in an exciting new area. The level of interest has been simply tremendous.”

Mick Dalgarno of first-time exhibitor Strongduct said: “It was a big act of faith for us in taking the decision to exhibit. However, on the strength of the first day alone, I can say it has been worth it. The quality of visitors and the enquiries we have received has been excellent. We already have a stack of leads to follow up and are confident they will result in new business.”

The show opens today at 10am.

See ACR Show Preview for more details.