Chillventa 2018: we’re going, are you?

From 16 to 18 October, I will once again head to Chillventa in Nuremberg, Germany for the gathering place for the international HVAC&R and heat pump community. Check out what to expect for this year… By: RACA Journal editor Ilana Koegelenberg

Chill00 4The 2016 Chillventa was a huge success and the 2018 edition is all set to be bigger and better than ever!

The programme for this year’s Chillventa show is once again packed with a variety of exciting items making this HVAC&R calendar highlight so much more than ‘just an exhibition’.

Chillventa Congress

The Chillventa Congress will be held on 15 October, the day before the exhibition. The compact one-day congress programme will give experts from around the world the chance to learn about the latest trends and developments in depth. The organisers expect that the key figures for this year’s exhibition and congress will again reach new heights.

“The outlook for Chillventa 2018 is excellent,” says Daniela Heinkel, exhibition director Chillventa at NürnbergMesse. “As things stand now, Chillventa will be able to open at a similarly high level to 2016, with an expected 1 000 exhibitors. In terms of space, we have already surpassed the final figure for the previous event, which is very gratifying. Even if it’s a little like gazing into a crystal ball, we also expect to welcome more than           32 000 visitors once again. The large proportion of international exhibitors, more than 68% and trade visitors at 57%, once again highlights the importance of Chillventa as the leading fair in the international refrigeration industry, particularly the AC, ventilation and heat pump segments. It has established itself as the international networking platform: Chillventa Connecting Experts.”

Chill00 3The Bitzer stand buzzing with activity in 2018. Over 1 000 exhibitors will be showing off their products in October.

Growth for Chillventa

“Chillventa will once again have a larger display area in 2018,” says Heinkel. “It is showing good growth in this area this year, with an expected increase of about 3%. That’s a very good development, building on an already strong starting position, and a sure sign that companies find Chillventa an important business platform where they can meet the right customers and present themselves accordingly. In response to this development, the hall arrangements were adjusted in 2016 to create more space. It is clear that the idea of having more space and a thematic breakdown along product lines is working out extremely well. Feedback from the trade visitors confirms we’re on the right track, as they can find their way around with no difficulty whatsoever.”

Information on the current floor plan is available at:

Focus on IoT

With its extensive range of products and services, Chillventa will once again provide an overview of the industry in 2018, with components, systems and applications for refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation and heat pumps.

The exhibition and congress this year focus on subjects such as the Internet of Things (IoT), IT security for refrigeration plants, implementing the 42nd Ordinance under the Federal Immission Protection Law (BImSchV), current climate goals, eco design, recovery and reprocessing of refrigerants, efficiency through controls, innovation in heat transfer, air conditioning of data centres, heat recovery and system solutions for cold water.

As well as the innovations at exhibitor stands, there will once again be fascinating special presentations on heat pumps, hygiene in air-cooled heat exchangers, tours for trainees and the Chillventa Award.

The Chillventa Congress provides experts with a firm insight into the latest industry topics of interest. Prominent international speakers will share international knowledge from R&D and actual practice and will look at the latest underlying political conditions in Europe and around the world. This year’s congress programme covers the following subject areas, with a focus on the IoT and Cyber Security.

Chill00 2About 32 000 visitors are expected this year.

Trade forums

In the three forums, held in the halls in parallel with the exhibition, renowned presenters will hold more than 150 talks on cutting-edge topics. The latest product developments and innovative solutions for energy efficiency and energy saving will be showcased in Hall 9, in the forum on applications, training and codes of practice: leak detection, recovery and reprocessing of refrigerants, no biofilm and thus no Legionella, implementation of the 42nd Ordinance under the Federal Immission Protection Law (BImSchV), CE labelling, replacement with alternative refrigerant mixtures, EC fans for cooling towers, cooling tower hygiene, water chemistry, EN 378, defect guarantees and much more besides.

The Refrigeration Technology forum in hall 7A will cover topics such as low-GWP refrigerants, eco-efficiency in supermarkets, R290 compressors, water loop systems, sliding temperature refrigerants, heat recovery, market trends in commercial application, compressor developments, application of A2 and A3 refrigerants, IoT in various applications, refrigerant leak detectors, ejectors for R744 systems, and the importance of frequency converters in refrigeration technology.

The forum in hall 4A will deal with air conditioning, ventilation and heat pumps, with a focus on the following: cloud solutions, refrigerant solutions for air-conditioning and heat pumps, challenges created by urbanisation, high-temperature heat pumps, recooling systems, system solutions for cold water, hybrid variable refrigerant flow (VRF), R32 applications, water as a refrigerant, fans of the future and filter technologies.

Chill00 1An attentive audience at the 2016 Chillventa Trade Forum. The 2018 Forum programme is once again packed with relevant and informative topics.

Chillventa Award

The Chillventa Award had its exciting launch in 2016. The organisers, the publishing firm Bauverlag and NürnbergMesse, are taking this top-level prize further and will again present it on the first day of the exhibition at this year’s Chillventa. “We are very happy that the Chillventa Award has been so well received and are already looking forward with excitement to this year’s line-up,” says the award initiators, Daniela Heinkel of NürnbergMesse and Christoph Brauneis, senior editor KKA, Bauverlag.

Refcold India

This year welcomes a new member to the Chillventa product family: Refcold India, which will premiere at the Mahatma Mandir Convention cum Exhibition Centre in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India, from 22 to 24 November 2018.

Refcold India will reflect all the segments of the cold chain industry and bring together interested parties and players from throughout the sector. The first event of Refcold India, the exhibition for the cold chain industry, will be jointly organised by the Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE) and NürnbergMesse India.

For more information, visit:

Are you going?

Cold Link Africa editor Ilana Koegelenberg is also heading to Nuremburg in October for her third Chillventa. Are you going? Let us know to arrange meeting up at the show. Contact Ilana on: +27 (0) 71 216 8140 or at:

Watch this space later in the year for the official post show review.

* Photos by NürnbergMesse>


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