With Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Building Services (ARBS) 2022 approaching in August, Manufacturers’ Monthly speaks with ARBS chairman Tony Arnel about what delegates can expect from one of the most respected business events in Australia.
Q: It’s been extremely difficult organising any events or exhibits over the last couple of years, how does it feel for person-to-person trade shows to resume?
A: With COVID-19 restrictions on travel now removed we are looking forward to reconnecting as an industry in a face-to-face setting. For many of us there has been a large pause on just being able to go to an event, meet up with friends, connect with new people, and network. Knowing that ARBS 2022 is just around the corner is creating a sense of anticipation, and the excitement will only continue to build as the event approaches.
Q: What is the purpose of ARBS for the businesses who are exhibiting?
A: ARBS is Australia’s only international air conditioning, refrigeration and building services trade exhibition, to be held over three huge days from 16-18 August 2022, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).
The exhibition this year has a focus on emerging trends and technologies including smart IoT solutions, automation and control, refrigerants, energy efficiency, and sustainability.
ARBS 2022 provides exhibitors an unmatched opportunity to showcase their most innovative HVAC&R and building service products, services, and solutions to the entire industry under one roof.
Q: Who are some of the major players involved in this year’s event?
A: We have a large list of major exhibitors including multi-national giants like Daikin, LG Electronics, Fujitsu, Panasonic, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Electric to name a few.
We also welcome the major wholesalers such as Beijer Refrigeration, Reece Group, Airefrig Australia and a host of international and local manufacturers like Actron Air, Carel Australia, Temperzone, ebm-papst and Seeley International. All the major industry players, together with a huge range of SME suppliers and distributors, will be present at ARBS 2022.
Q: Who should attend the event and how can they register?
A: ARBS 2022 is a must-attend event for the entire industry as it connects global exhibitors and leading industry experts with contractors, consultants, engineers, technicians, and trades to showcase the most extensive range of HVAC+R and building services solutions in the southern hemisphere.
Registration is now open, is free and grants entry into the exhibition across all three days. Registering in advance is the smart way to avoid the queues as the ticket is sent directly to your mobile phone or email. Register online at www.arbs.com.au.
Q: What does the state of Australia’s HVAC&R and building services industry look like after COVID-19? How has it changed?
A: COVID-19 changed the way Australians think about air quality. Indoor environment quality, once invisible, is now a priority for businesses committed to the health and wellbeing of their people. The Australian HVAC&R and building services industry is now squarely in the spotlight like never before, elevated in the minds of every Australian.
Q: What will the Intelligent Buildings Technology zone (IBTech@ARBS) bring to the event?
A: IBTech@ARBS is a precinct within the exhibition and also forms part of the seminar program, dedicated to the very latest intelligent building technologies.
Smart innovation is driving the development of new products and solutions for digitised buildings, and today we are witnessing key systems with greater integration and connectivity. As smart building solutions continue to evolve, they allow property developers and owners to reduce costs, improve energy efficiency and enhance occupant comfort.
But smart technology must be complemented with smart people – and ARBS’ strength is in its ability to bring everyone from across the industry together to share ideas and innovations.
Q: Why is the industry awards night important in recognising particular businesses?
A: The Industry Awards night will take place on Wednesday 17 August at Crown Palladium.
Our industry thrives on innovation – and the Awards not only celebrate that innovation but also communicate it to a wide audience so that knowledge is shared and spread. The Awards are also an important night for us to come together as an industry to cheer on our colleagues and competitors, and to celebrate our collective strength.
Q: How does the seminar series work? Is it online or in-person?
A: Our seminar program will once again be available completely in person. We have a bumper range of diverse learning and updates happening over the three days of the exhibition. Details can be found online at www.arbs.com.au.
Q: What can delegates expect from the presentations at ARBS?
A: Our seminar program is developed by a committee of experts from all disciplines who are currently involved in the industry. They know what the audience wants to learn right now and the skills needed to tackle the issues ahead on the horizon. The seminars are presented by experts in each area of topic matter and also involve lively panel discussions where solutions can be discussed to common industry problems.
Q: What has struck you about ARBS since you were appointed as chairman? Why is it an important tool for industry?
A: The sheer size and scale of ARBS has always impressed me – there is, quite simply, nothing else like it in Australia’s property and construction industry. But what has struck me since becoming chairman is how much people crave face-to-face connection. ARBS is far more than an exhibition. It’s a connector and a celebration of a sector that is mission critical to the health and wellbeing of all Australians.
Q: Are there any other interesting features of the event which you can tell me about? What kind of size are you expecting?
A: ARBS 2022 will cover more than 15,000 metres square with over 250 exhibitors. We are looking forward to welcoming more than 8,000 visitors over the three-day event. With over 45 seminar sessions, numerous meetings, associations holding AGMs, celebrities signing autographs on stands, and major product launches and competitions, it is a whirlwind of activity.
About ARBS 2022
ARBS 2022 takes the health and safety of its exhibitors, attendees, and staff seriously and will operate with a valid Victorian government COVIDSafe Plan.
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
Exhibition dates: 16-18 August 2022
Cost: Exhibition – free of charge, trade visitors only
Seminars – costs to be advised with final program
Awards Presentation Dinner – costs to be advised