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FRIGAIR 2018 official exhibitor review HALL5

We take a look at what was on offer at each stand in hall 5.

Have a look at hall 6 and the outside stands.

Hall 5


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ACRA, the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Academy, showcased the various skills development, training, and education options available within the HEVAC&R industry. They offer training / skills development guidance — including trade testing, apprenticeships, learnerships, short courses, skills programmes, part qualifications, authorised refrigeration practitioner licenses (safe handling of refrigerants and issuing of CoCs), and more. At the stand, from left: Anria Pieterse, Grant Laidlaw, and Annelize Grobbelaar.

Acrow deals with mobile racking for industrial and consumer-based businesses. They exhibited their storage solution ranges, specifically for cold storage. Their motto ‘Made in Africa for Africa’ is true to its core. Their new product offering boasts energy-efficient savings as a plus. The Acrow team, from left: Manie Vlok; Jean-Paul De Gersigney; and Chris van Niekerk.

Advantage Air had their range of commercial focused airflow controls on display. They also promoted their variable air management system (VAMS) system and their MyAir+ option for VRV/DVM/VRF and the like. Visitors got the chance to learn about new controls that assist with temperature issues in offices. Here is Jarryd Ekermans, business sales consultant, at the stand.
Advantage Air

Afrox showcased its extensive range of refrigerant products (in refillable and disposable cylinders) and was at the show to educate the market on the full benefits of the Zugibeast. The Zugibeast extracts contaminated oil, moisture, and other non-condensables from refrigerants. The team also mentioned Afrox’s reclaim and recovery of gas offers. Seen at the stand, from left: Sibongile Buthelezi, Thuli Vilakazi, and Bartel Botha.

A-Gas South Africa’s indoor stand also promoted its new Rapid Recovery service (unit on display outside) and proudly launched its Braze-A-Gas at the show. The Rapid Recovery solution assists the market with refrigerant recovery at phenomenal speeds, coupled with a buyback programme for the recovered refrigerant. A-Gas also promoted alternative refrigerants at the show, including low global warming potential (GWP) HFCs and HFOs. Here is, from left: Michael Labacher; Bianca Boshoff; and Grant Mc Gill.
A Gas South Africa

AIAC Air-conditioning launched their new microchannel condenser range, as well as their new inverter down blow precision AC unit. According to AIAC, they are the only South African manufacturer of precision air-conditioning units for the data and telecoms industry. At the stand was Ian Coulson (left) and Andrew Koeslag.

Air Filter Maintenance Services (AFMS) had various HEPA, primary, and secondary filters on display at their stand, as well as bag-in-bag-out units and a biological safety cabinet. They were proud to highlight their work in Africa. At the stand, from left: Shaun Maartens (general manager), Thiloshini Pillay (sales representative), and Gregers Chalker (managing director).
Air Filter Maintenance Services

Air Movement Supplies (AMS) is a regular to the show and exhibited a range of HVAC instrumentation and occupational hygiene instrumentation from major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Casella, Thermo, and TSI. At the AMS stand, from left: Murray Anderson, Marko Giustinoni, Michael Vaudin, Russel Browne, and Peter Shepherd.
Air Movement Supplies

Air-Box directors Kevin Fedderke (right) and Rean van Wyk showed off a wide range of air filters and products for the textile, health, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical sector. Their air handling unit and fan filter units are custom designed for each sector.
Air Box

Airstream Components Africa’s Steven Whittle, sales executive (pictured), shared more info about the company’s diverse range of products on display, including Ductboard componentry, iZone Controls, iLight, diffusion products (plastic and aluminium), ducting, and sheet metal products.

AJH Cooling is a local distributor of HVAC&R products and was on the show to promote its offering. Although a small company, AJH Cooling prides itself in its service offering, boasting that they are a cost-effective alternative in the industry. Kieran Clackett (left) and Jonathan Yan of AJH Cooling were at the stand.

AJH Cooling

AMG Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning specialises in industrial and commercial refrigeration, and at their stand they showed visitors a wide range of refrigeration services in the field. Some of the company’s top clients include Famous Brands, Tiger Brands, and KFC. Here, from left: Audry Npoyi (technician), Jonathan Lovett (director), and Angie Groves (sales).

AMS Haden brought a range of their HVAC instrumentation to the show, for measuring everything from pressure and velocity, to wet and dry bulk instruments, duct leakage detection and diffuser testing. They also promoted the latest Vent PRO2, their own make of digital vein thermometer, with built-in calculations. Pictured at the stand is technical manager, Marcus Meintjies.
AMS Haden

Anhui Mascotop Electronic had fit-for-industry motor capacitators at its stand. Brochures and product displays were on hand for prospective clients to see. Pictured from left: Yona Tang, sales manager; Richard Qikai, vice general manager; and Allex Wang, general manager.
Anhui Mascotop Electronic

Aolan | ACAV displayed evaporative coolers as well as various associated products, including portable evaporative coolers. The Aolan team, from left: Pepy Marillier; Gerrit Swart; Leeto Mbizo; Fiona Curry; and Lawrence Sibanda.

Automated Control Solutions (ACS) exhibited some leading international brands/products for sensing and control devices, used in building automation applications. They launched a few interesting products from manufacturers like Danfoss and Honeywell. From left: Stanley de Vries; Johan Weitsz; Anton Steyn; Damiano Patini; Edwin Modutoane; Angelique Jean-Pierre; Victoria Smith; Sean King; Terrance Hall; and Adrian Hoffman.
Automated Control Solutions

Ayvaz, hailing from Turkey, showcased a variety of HVAC and firefighting systems. Hasan Gündoğdu, export sales engineer (pictured), said the South African market is large and promising for international investment and business. They are looking to partner on local projects.

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Baltimore Aircoil Company SA exhibited sustainable evaporative cooling equipment. “We have the hybrid and adiabatic coolers officially launching in the country,” says Chris Willis (sales and marketing director), pictured right with Danie Abbott (managing director). He mentions that there’s a big focus on water saving and they were drawing people to their stand to teach them about the technologies available as well as on overall sustainability.

Baltimore Aircoil Company

Barpro StorageSystems had on display one of their Storax mobile racking products. The company supplies mobile racking to the cold storage industry. The product doubles mobile racking space, compared to conventional racking, explained sales and marketing manager, Robert Kershaw (pictured). This product is especially suitable for professionals looking to put as many pallets as possible on a rack.
Barpro Storage Systems

Bitzer Kühlmaschinenbau (SA) exhibited a range of their compressors suitable for flammable environments, like refineries. Managing director Bernhard Blaeser and representatives took visitors through the product range, explaining their different properties, capabilities, and saving abilities. From left is José Marques (branch manager); Erik Wolfgang Bucher (director: sales refrigeration); Jo-Anne Dietrich (branch administrator); Tobias Fuhrer (product manager: reciprocating compressors); and Bernhard Blaeser.

Blauberg Group provided visitors with more information about the complete ventilation system they offer. Pictured from left: Alex Pawlenko, business development manager; and Illia Zavodchikov, export manager, who had on display the new technology from the group. The system is called Push Pull Ventilation and boasts an energy-efficient fan and an efficient ceramic core.
Blauberg Group

BoschThermo Technology showed off some of its hot water and ventilation solutions, as well as a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system for efficient air conditioning. Bosch’s VRF air-conditioning system is new to the market. They also showcased the new generation Bosch VRF Air Flux 5300 system. From left: Mehmet Sari, international sales manager; Yvette Bowden, business developer VRF; and Frederico Dutra, product manager.

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Carel Controls SA exhibited its latest in monitoring systems and connectivity technology, which brings together the capabilities of all its other control products. Products and solutions on show included CO2 transcritical solutions and the latest innovation using BLDC compressor technology to harness optimal energy-saving opportunities in both the refrigeration and HVAC markets. The team, from left: Lawrence Erasmus, Vaughn Hassett, Britt-Lynn Hassett, Andrew Damari, Jean-Pierre Joubert, Rodney Taylor, and John Mnguni.

Chigo Air Conditioning showcased their wide range of products such as a wine chiller, air curtains, as well as the full range of cassettes, ducted units, chillers, portables, and window-wall units. New imports include air curtains and a new range of invertor units. The company boasts a wide range of products at a good price with guarantees. Here is Neels Bouwer (MD) on left, and Tiger Mei (regional general manager: overseas marketing division).
Chigo Air Conditioning

Clever Shelf Systems (CSS) offered an easy-fill merchandising solution. “We replace shelving with a merchandising system that assists with stock rotation on the principle of ‘first in, first out’,” said Steve English, director (in picture). They launched the turn loader, which can be retrofitted into a multideck for cold rooms with doors. According to English, this reduces energy consumption and gives more merchandising space.
Clever Shelf Systems

Colcoil Heat Exchangers, a division of Colcab, had on display their latest adiabatic coolers for visitors to see. Roy Carli, senior engineer at ColCab, was at the stand, advising clients and offering solutions for heat exchangers.
ColCoil Heat Exchangers

Cold Link Africa | RACA Journal was at the show to promote subscriptions to the magazines as well as registrations for its various online platforms. From left: Kristin Long (database clean-up), Richard Bicker Caarten (MD), Zeldalee du Toit (online subscriptions), and Chantelle van Deventer (operations manager) encouraged visitors to sign up.
Cold Link RACA Journal

Commercial Refrigeration Services (CRS) had the team from shecco in Belgium at their stand and focused on all things CO2. They displayed an industrial-type pack and a condensing unit at the show. The team, standing from left: Rui de Freitas, Shaun Hadfield, Wynand Groenewald, Rhulani Baloyi, Samantha Ayres, and Dalene Lottering. Front, from left: Jocelyn Kettle, Siziwe Mulidi, and Abigail Hatfield.
Commercial Refrigeration Services

Compact Cool shared with visitors that they are a local chiller manufacturer that offers a local alternative to imported units. “We have our own facilities to produce non-standard units. A customer comes to us and we can build what they want to the spec,” said Pablo Simoes (general technical manager) on left, here with Jose Simoes (founder).
Compact Cool

Concept Clean Africa offers specialist services to the HVAC industry; that is, air duct cleaning services; indoor air quality surveys and management; and kitchen extraction deep cleaning services. They like to be ‘green’, boasting eco-friendly products and services that improve indoor air quality. Trevor Mackenzie, operations director (left), and Chris Greenwood, director, showed visitors the green way.
Concept Clean Africa

Cool Breeze (Air-Dale Engineering) exhibited its unique twin-fan cooler, as well as its regular high-quality Cool Breeze evaporative coolers. They also showcased new high-tech QC systems and inverter fans. Stuart Karovsky, general manager (pictured), said the products are proudly Australian and of a high calibre.
Cool Breeze

The Copper Development Association Africa displayed some of their main members. “We are advertising our support of training in the industry,” said Evert Swanepoel, executive chairman. The association was also at the show to further promote the use of copper in HVAC.
Copper Development Association Africa

Cubicool International exhibited its full range of Cubicool products, including some of its latest design releases. Visitors met the team and learnt about their exciting prospects in terms of products and services in 2018 and beyond.

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Dalucon highlighted that they are now using EcoMate polyurethane chemicals. They have changed all their pumps and comply with EU standards. Also, they are the only company injecting at 40mm density with the EcoMate chemicals. The Dalucon team, from left: Albert Gurwe, quality supervisor; Kayleigh Jones and Elsje Lombaard, marketing agents; Stefano Martinelli, director; Olivia Naude, marketing manager; and Kevin Barreto, head draughtsman.

Danfoss displayed a huge variety of their cooling products. “The message we’re driving here is engineering tomorrow. We are trying to digitise all our products, creating next generation networks,” said Roy Naidoo, area sales manager: refrigeration and air conditioning (in picture). Products on display included the optima invertor running on variable speed drive, the multi ejector, new ICAD actuators on the ammonia side, and CO2 products.

DDL Equipment’s stand focused on giving more information on their Uni-Flo spiral doors, high-speed doors, and conveyors. Armand Momberg, sales representative (pictured), said DDL aims to take FRIGAIR’s networking experience to bolster its business.

Desiccant Rotors International is a member of both local and international associations (SAIRAC and ASHRAE) and distributes a variety of products to the market. Fellow member of SAIRAC and life member of ASHRAE, Chris Elston manned the stand, offering brochures and pamphlets with more information about the company.
Desiccant Rotors International

Direct Digital Control Services (DDCS) showed off its Innotech range of equipment, including OMNI and other controls such as the new building energy management system (BEMS) controllers. The DDCS team, from left: Christopher Groen, Karen Wilson, Adam Franklin, Deborah Wilson, Ian Wilson, and Shawn Radov.
Direct Digital

Dos-Air exhibited evaporative coolers, spare ducting, spiral diffusers, and other products. They shared information about who they are and new Port-A-Cool products that will be launched around August. Trymore Nhotito, a representative from Dos-Air (in picture), shared his enthusiasm about the show and visitors he had come across.

Ductsox SA showed off its DuctSox textile air dispersion systems. They manufacture these products for open and finished ceiling architecture, critical environments, and underfloor applications. It boasts a cost-effective, aesthetically attractive alternative to metal ductwork. The Ductsox team, from left: Nico Koegelenberg Jr; Nicholas Loggerenberg; and Nico Koegelenberg Sr (owner).

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 Eazy Contracting exhibited its cloud-based business solution for contractors. Eazy Contracting is a business solution for contractors that enables perfect job costings and stock management for its clients, and several business processes that tie in with it. “We are engineers who create software for engineers,” said Stefan Sauer, ‎business system consultant (left), who was joined by Anthea Abraham and Gayo Primic, managing director.

Eazy Contracting

ebmPapst showed off their new 910mm AxiBlade fan together with Generation 3 EC electronics, as well as a host of other new developments in energy-saving products. The ebmPapst team, from left: Nadia Speranza, marketing coordinator; Steven Friedmann, sales director; Karsten Fuchs, VAC director: Germany; Dewald Hattingh, sales executive; Kevin Petrie, managing director; and Francois Schoombie, technical manager.

Electrovent’s stand featured locally manufactured as well as imported fire and volume control dampers. They had an airtight door on display, and also showed off their new company profile design, among others. Mark Stanford, managing director (left), and Glen de Villiers were available to answer all questions.

Emair also came to the show this year. Lukas Halamka (left) and Erman Marini of Emair showed off relatively new product ranges including Montair close control units, which were exhibited to promote the full range of Montair data centre cooling equipment; and Smart Cooling, which is an adiabatic precooling system that can be retrofitted to most chillers to reduce energy consumption and increase capacity.

Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions showcased all its latest solutions, ranging from transport monitoring solutions, CO2, industrial refrigeration, HVAC modulating solutions, and a range of other Emerson commercial and residential solutions, including Rigid tools. Top products at the stand included the efficient Copeland CO2 compressor as well as the CO2 scroll compressor. Seen at the Emerson stand was Danie de Beer, regional manager (left), and Wayne van der Merwe, sales manager Dixell.

Energy Partners Refrigeration highlighted its rapid growth path towards becoming one of South Africa’s refrigeration powerhouses. It also showcased its fully outsourced ‘Owned and Managed’ cooling solution — an industry first. EP Refrigeration CEO Dawie Kriel (pictured) explained how energy plays a vital part in a client’s business, and how EP can offer holistic solutions for its customers.
Energy Partners HVAC Refrigeration

Envirox was exhibiting at FRIGAIR for the first time to highlight its dust and fume extraction product. Daniel van Zyl, project manager (right), and Marlize Lottering, general manager, explained how their product is unique and environmentally friendly.

Esco Technologies launched a new wireless monitoring system and showed off their clean room and clean air products that offer solutions to the market. From left: Alan Rielander (wireless monitoring systems), Alet de Lange (national sales manager), and Sonja Strydom (director) were all smiles and available to answer any questions from visitors.
Esco Technologies

Eurocool focused on their extensive range of air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment. They stock a range of leading brands, including Danfoss, Embraco, Castel, Insulflex, Ice International, and Gree. Eurocool recently signed an agreement with Bitzer to become a distributor from July 2018. Here, from left: Gavin Wiffen, regional manager; Andre Grobbelaar, branch sales manager; and Shaun Powell, branch manager.

Eurovent Certification came on board to share more information about certifying products in the market and the benefits thereof. Mansour Gueye, consultant (in picture), said markets in Europe and America are certified but this is not the case in Africa. “We are trying to show government, customers, and distributors the importance of certification,” he said.

Evapco South Africa displayed its new range of eco-Air Series dry and adiabatic closed-circuit coolers and condensers. It completes their successful eco-family of closed circuit coolers and condensers with water-saving dry and hybrid technology. The eco-Air Series is environmentally friendly and focused on water saving. The Evapco team, from left, are: Ivan Loader, sales manager; Andre van der Merwe, managing director; Julia Moss, service administrator; and Carlo de Villiers, technical support manager.

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FabricAir exhibited its FabricAir dispersion systems and condensate removal pumps. The team, including (from left) Fikret Sahin, Dave Mitchell, and Gary Hattingh, highlighted how cost-effective their textile air dispersion system is in comparison to sheet metal ducting.

Fabric Air

Fire and Security Techniques shared information about why a gas suppression system should be used in the cold storage environment. “It’s a much better solution compared to using water. The system is clean (greenhouse gas) and provides little damage and financial loss,” said Nick Collins, technical manager (on left). Collins is pictured with Trevor Moyo (workshop manager) on right, and Hanlie Truter (operations manager). They had the products available for people to see.
Fire and Security Techniques

FireGear displayed their new fire curtain that can withhold a 1 000°C fire for four hours. “The curtain is made of woven glass fibre,” explained the director of Firegear, Ron Burns (right). Together with Steve Mason (international sales manager) from BLE Smoke and Fire Curtains, they were at the show to share the technicalities and properties of the curtains and fire walls. They are offering real solutions to circumstances that can arise during a fire in a building.

Frigrite exhibited refrigeration cabinets for the supermarket industry. Exhibiting for the first time, they looked forward to creating new connections and establishing themselves in the market. Pictured from left: Hernani Ribeiro (regional sales) and Dave Kotsiros (general manager) took visitors through the products that were at their stand.

Fuchs Lubricants South Africa is an independent lubricants manufacturer in southern Africa, and in addition to their wide range of refrigeration lubricants, they offer a comprehensive range of OEM-approved oils and greases for all industrial applications. They exhibited the Fuchs Reniso Refrigeration products this year. They boast a listing of over 10 000 products, noted Gerald Langley (left), here with Ryan Tate.

Full Gauge Controls came all the way from Brazil for their third show. They offer various applications and have been operating in the South African sector for more than 10 years. Lidiane Burin of Full Gauge (pictured) said that South Africa and Brazil are very similar markets, which is good for business.
Full Gauge

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GEA Africa’s stand was all about refrigeration, particularly focusing on their range of products for the cold storage market. Their stand had the latest Bock compressors and HB products. Stephen Long, head of compression sales, and a whole bunch of GEA representatives were available to advise.

Gea Africa

GHM Messtechnik SA displayed all their wireless instruments and mini data loggers for the refrigeration industry. “It’s an industry launch for Delta OHM in the South African market,” said managing director Jaco Grobler. From left is Erich du Toit (sales engineer) and Grobler. They offered sensible solutions to visitors at their stand for variables required in an environment.
GHM Messtechnik SA

Gree Products SA showed off its high energy-efficiency ratio (EER)-rated split units together with their light commercial product range and first-ever recreational vehicle AC! They also exhibited their newly launched AI Multi VRF GMV6 unit. At the Gree stand, from left: Huang Huiqi, Mathilda Mamatseane, Bridgette Campbell, and Nancy Kabwe.

Grid Switch was at the show for their first time and launched their new OptiFlo fridge/freezer spacers and plastic pallets at the show. Mike Cohen, Grid Switch sales manager (left), said that the OptiFlo fridge/freezer spacers are highly innovative and a first for South Africa. Cohen was joined by personal assistant Lesley Carneiro.
Grid Switch

Guangzhou Xi Maike General Refrigeration had a variety of their products on display. Zoe Lee, trade sales, explained to visitors the different kinds of products they offer, from compressors to condensers, air coolers, air curtains, and spare parts for air conditioners. They had two stands with various representatives who took visitors through their product offering.
Guangzhou Xi Maike General Refrigeration

Guangzhou Xincheng Purifying Equipment from China specialises in air purifying filters. Catalogues and brochures were handed out to visitors. They had on display the various products that they supply to the industry. John Zhu (sales manager) was present to share more information with interested visitors.
Guangzhou Xincheng Purifying Equipment

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Hisense | ACAV’s stand showcased products like the Hisense cassette, under-ceiling units, ducted splits, and mid-wall units — all of which were on display. The Hisense team, from left, are: Gerrit Swart, Cristiano Verolini, Pepy Marillier, Fiona Curry, Leeto Mbizo, and Lawrence Sibanda.


Honeywell South Africa’s stand highlighted the Performax LT (R407F) refrigerant — a retrofit alternative to R404A, R22, and N40 — a refrigerant alternative that ticks all the boxes, offers better energy efficiency, zero ozone depleting potential (ODP), and a GWP <1. They also exhibited their fourth-generation cleaning system for HVAC&R — a cost-effective, environmentally responsible system. At the stand, from left: Amir Naqvi; Nadine Kroucamp, and Pawel Wisnik.

Howden Donkin exhibited ventilation fans for the HVAC market. They showed off different product displays for the industrial, hospitality, and residential markets. They also had a running loop showcasing product demonstrations. Here is sales engineer, Jaco Bester.
Howden Donkin

Humidair had an audiovisual presentation of their product range at their stand. Various dehumidifiers were also on display for visitors to see. “Anyone that comes, we are happy to show them the units and explain anything about who we are,” said Robert Aldred, sales manager (left), with Peter Aldred, MD.

HVAC Distributors showed off a variety of HVAC products, from grilles and diffusers to flexible ducting. They want to offer the HVAC industry a one-stop shop, with all the HVAC requirements. Tracy Odendaal (left) and Shamlin Govender of HVAC Distributors were on hand to assist with all queries.
HVAC Distributors

Hydro Precision Tubing exhibited at FRIGAIR for the first time and showed off its customised products that are tailor-made for clients. They highlighted their aluminium tubes for heat transfer applications. Here is Mark Winker (left) with Oliver Vierhaus.
Hydro Precision Tubing

Hyundai Air-Conditioning | SMD Technologies showed off its latest range of residential air-conditioning (RAC) and commercial air-conditioning (CAC) units. Hyundai HVAC general manager Ralph Thompson (pictured) explained that they launched the new light commercial RAC line-up at the show, which includes units with capacities up to 60 000btu.
Hyundai Air Conditioning

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iLED exhibited their latest offering of industry-leading control systems, peripherals, and value adds from Distech Controls, Sontay, and eZi Tech to provide HVAC&R systems integrators with feature-leading and innovative complete control solutions. The team, from left: Ivan Potter, managing director; Chris Irwin; and Bianca Roode.

Industrial Water Cooling shared their stand with Engie and showcased one of their Tektower EWK cooling towers, while Engie highlighted their Quantum chiller cut-out model at the show. Deon Fawell, accounts manager (left); and Felipe Ruiz Guerrero, sales manager international, assisted visitors.
Industrial Water Cooling

Insulated Structures demonstrated their latest Slimline remote display cabinets; Integrale self-contained display cabinets; its latest T and G panel system; and some innovative energy-efficient refrigeration systems like Aqualoop and Miniplex.
Industrial Water Cooling

Intertherm exhibited insulation systems to visitors. Warwick Merryweather from Intertherm gave people a glimpse into what they do in terms of insulation. “Sooner or later they will need insulation, so they should give us a try,” he said.

ITouch specialises in stress management, ranging from back pains, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. According to them, industry professionals face stress and ITouch gives them something for their benefit. “This is a once-off product that has a lifetime solution to pains that occurs in life,” said representative of ITouch, Fabia Turgeman. The team is pictured from left: Sonja Woest, Tasha Abrahams, Tal Elmalach, Fabia Turgeman, Stav Zoary, Shanice Ramplin, and Waseemah Toyer.

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Jet Air brought a variety of air conditioners, evaporative coolers, and heat pumps to the show. The Haier brand now forms part of JASA Import and Export, which was highlighted. They also showed off their Venus floor-standing inverter. At the stand, from left: Gerhard Nel, Chantell van Zyl, Nicolaas Burger Jacobs, and Willie Odendaal.

Jiangsu Jingchuang Electronics is based in Durban and shared with visitors that they will be expanding nationwide, from domestic to commercial. Rosalind Lillje (supply and import) said that they are informing the public about the service of importing compressors, gases, dryers, and more.
Jiangsu Jingchuang Electronics

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Kelvion Services exhibited different types of heat exchangers required in the refrigeration industry, including plate heat exchangers, tubulars, compact condensers, and evaporators. Here, from left: Gareth de Bruyn; Liezl Bothma; and Nigel Jugernath.


Keystar Industries SA | Eliwell showed off interesting new connected products from Eliwell and Schneider-Electric at their stand. They highlighted how technologically efficient their products and solutions are. An excited team on the stand, from left: Ben Milne; Andre van Moerkerken; Bradley Starkey; Jenny Collins; Hennie Poley; and Dave Starkey.

Kirloskar | Joburg Industrial Trading SA was at the show for the third time and their stand featured a screw compressor package as well as a reciprocating compressor for visitors to look at. Based in India, Kirloskar has been operating in the South African market for 15 years.

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Maclaren | Uri Shlomo exhibited their new generation console-type and caravan air conditioner. The Maclaren team, from left: Calvin Mhlongo; Lenny Moodley; Ralf Klomann; and Bernice Carter.


Maxiflex Door Systems SA exhibited the HS9010PFR high-speed freezer door and the RR3000ISO thermal insulated high-speed door, as well as a high-speed sectional door. They also showed the full display of loading dock equipment, including dock leveller, dock shelter, and insulated sectional doors. From left: Darrel van Zutphen, sales executive; Mervin Pillay, sales executive; Andrew Bird, sales executive; Robyn Rhodes, sales support (kneeling in front); Dillon van Niekerk, national sales manager; and Bram Janssen, Maxiflex managing director.

Messer Eutectic SA showcased their welding, cutting, and braising equipment as well as a selection of consumables. A new product ready for visitors to get a look and feel of was the portable oxygen-hydrogen braising machine. “It’s a new product on the market that can produce a 2 500°C flame without any gas but with distilled water and electricity. It is also packed with safety features,” said Domenico Spadino, sales executive (right). Here with João Casa Nova, Castolin Eutectic brazing product manager for Africa and Middle East.
Messer Eutectic SA01

Metraclark showed off the latest product technologies from different world-leading manufacturers this year. There was a variety of product highlights, including the new Danfoss ICFL compressor as well as an extremely energy-efficient highwall air conditioner. They also showcased Samon AB refrigerant gas detection products, Copeland Scroll spark-free natural CO2 refrigerant, and more. The giant Chint switchgear Metraclark robot was a hit at the show. Seen on the stand, from left: Peter Hoetmer; Bob Vuletic; Vernon Vandrau; Philip Theunissen (kneeling); Gert Lategan; Tony Merrington; Richard Vermaak; Driaan van der Merwe; Stephan Fourie; and Kumar Singh.


Midea | Imperial Air-conditioning focused on their new V6 VRF range, Clivet rooftop packages, Sinko fan coil units, and Midea room air-conditioning options. They also ran exciting competitions with great prizes at their stand. Seen at the stand, Neil Moriarty, regional manager (left); and Laura Bacher, marketing manager.

MTH srl featured relevant industry products such as refrigeration units, high-speed doors, and several door components. “We are introducing products not yet supplied to the country, like the monoblock refrigeration unit,” said MTH agent, Francois du Toit (pictured standing), with Claudio Zinzini (sales manager: overseas) in the back.

Munters, as a climate control company, had evaporative cooling, adiabatic humidification, and adiabatic cooling information for visitors. “We offer stand-alone, component and modular units,” said Phillip Dickinson (MD), on left, here with business unit manager Rampuru Mpuru (technical sales engineer). He mentioned some of the services and products they have provided to clients.

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Nationwide Cold Room Supplies handed out pamphlets and cards to prospective clients and had a small display of what they do. Vic le Gros (general manager) shared with clients their footprint and capabilities.

Nationwide Cold Room Supplies

Ningbo PartsNet, a refrigerator, air-conditioning parts, and washing machine parts supplier, displayed their full range of products. Hubert Shz (sales manager) took visitors through some of the products and offered demonstrations.
Ningbo PartsNet

NL Trading exhibited their Therma-Stor heat recovery systems. Robert Hanssen, member of Therma-Stor, relaunched the product in the country.
NL Trading

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Omega Refrigeration highlighted its offering of locally manufactured commercial refrigeration cabinets, energy-saving supermarket refrigeration, display fridges, freezers, and more. Nick Sacco, beverage cooler executive (pictured), said they are proud of their biggest clients, which include Tiger Brands, Shoprite, Clicks, Coca-Cola, Distell, and more.


OTTC shared their training programmes with interested customers — as well as ice lollies, created from a fully functional CO2 cascade system. Completely ozone friendly and compact, this machine really was a show-stopper. Christian Richter (trainer) and director Isolde Döbelin were present to provide advice and more information about the training centre.

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Panel World’s Reinier Muller (MD) and Sarieta Muller (assistant) exhibited insulated panels made of polyurethane. Visitors could see and touch products that were on the stand.
Panel World

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Quali Component Parts displayed their new product: a write-able-erasable LED display for fridge stores. Lourens Kriel (owner) provided demonstrations of the product and shared how they have partnered with European brands to offer hardware components and local assembly to supply cold room manufacturers.

Quali Parts

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Raidan Supply Zone deals predominantly in thermal insulation, and at the show, Raidan exhibited its K-Flex brand, which they regard as “the best insulation option available in the country”. Rita Todd (left) and Matthew Ryder were really excited about the show.


Recam returned to the show to show off some of their latest heat exchanger products. Frikkie Fourie, Recam final assembly manager (left), and Kirk McKelvey, production manager, launched the new, more efficient HI300 and 400 at the show.

Refrimate SA had a lot to see on their stand. Mohamed Moolla (left) and Faizel Patel of Refrimate were at the show to showcase their wide range of products, including condensing units, blower coils, domestic and commercial compressors, and tools. They also had R290 compressors and other new-to-market products.

Regal Beloit South Africa, with its impressive purple stand, showed off its Elco permanent magnet electric commutated motors (ECM) and the Elco electronic compact fan (ECF), specially designed for commercial refrigeration applications; the Genteq DecStar high-efficiency blower; and the Marathon Ultemax Axial PM Motor. Representing the Regal stand, from left: Sujeeth Ramkhelawan, project manager; Sharde Sindicich, internal sales; and Clayton Theron, electrical sales engineer.

Rickard Air Diffusion displayed an entire range of diffusers linked to the controls of diffusers. “It is a user-friendly product for contractors. There’s also software available to help contractors set up,” said Christiaan Bosch (MD), pictured centre, with Mark Rickard (marketing director) on left, and Kirsty Cox (engineering manager). He further added that the software has an extended control system to include pressure control dampers and more. Visitors were welcome to play around with the software at their stand.

Rigifoam focused on its Lambdaboard brand, showing off their offering in terms of underfloor and under-screed thermal insulation. They also featured environmentally friendly polyurethane and polyisocyanurate foam systems for HVAC and cold chain applications. They showed off fourth-generation blowing agents and superior insulation properties. The team, from left: Brian Petersen, Shelley Tredway, and Robbie Buchanan.

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SAIRAC, the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, promoted their association and signed up new members. “We run the entire industry of refrigeration and air conditioning,” said Marlene Gamble (national secretary), pictured from left with Mariet Pieterse (Johannesburg secretary) and Geno Demaio (Cape Town secretary).


SAMAC Engineering Solutions showcased their small mobile AC units that use thermal storage and can be used off the grid to cool tents, homes, offices, and more. “It is a new product; there is one that is bigger for industrial use. We are launching these for homes and office parks,” said mechanical engineer, Russell Mngadi.
SAMAC Engineering Solutions

SARACCA, the South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association, was present to inform people about the importance of registering with the South African Qualification and Certification Committee (SAQCC), an association for people working with natural, liquid petroleum, air conditioning, refrigerant, compressed industrial, and medical gases. Pictured from left: Bongi Mthethwa, receptionist; and Suzette Kotze, registration administrator.

Seal n Devices offered locally manufactured anti-vibration mounts and components for the industry. The full range was available at the stand. “We’ve just extended some of our ranges and we have a comprehensive list of products suited to this industry,” said Darren Mower, director.
Seal n Devices

Seeley International exhibited flagship energy-efficient cooling and heating technology from their full range of brands, while also launching the next generation of the Climate Wizard cooling technology range. The stand was home to several interactive demonstration units. Seen at the Seeley stand (from left): Chris Toomey, technical manager; Mark Hendricks, applications engineer; Busisiwe Masango, ‎office administrator; Andie Steele-Smith; Johan Velleman, consulting engineer; Shaun Barker, sales executive; and Michael Hamilton, general manager: commercial sales.

SEG Solar Energy launched the Lunos ventilation system with heated recovery, which maintains the room temperature. David Schubbe, head of sales, says that installation of the system is easy and shared a variety of project case studies to illustrate this point. Schubbe (right) is with CEO, Werner Sebastian.
SEG solar

Shenzhen Icesnow Refrigeration Equipment Company was selling a variety of machines to the market. “We have ice cube, ice snow, block ice, and other machines,” said Daniel Tsai, sales representative. Brochures and pamphlets were available for clients to see.
Shenzhen Icesnow Refrigeration Equipment Company

Shoaxing Wanzhao Refrigeration Equipment deals with OEMs, Yellow Jacket, and products with the ability to connect you to the network. Demonstrations of how the leak detection system works were shown to visitors. Johnny Zhang (sales manager: overseas marketing department) was happy to showcase its capability.
Shoaxing Wanzhao Refrigeration Equipment

SMAC Enterprises owner and managing director Willie van Rensburg (left) showed off the Ice Dry 1400 unit system. They also launched Thermoduct, an innovative, environmentally friendly lightweight circular ducting product manufactured by MTI Group. It is apparently the first ducting system of its kind. On right is Craig Mitchel from MTI Group.
SMAC Enterprises

Stab-A-Load offers a wide variety of products, including dock levellers, high-speed PVC Dynaco doors, high-speed Efaflex insulated sectional doors, and normal Richard Wilcox insulated doors. Stab-A-Load owner Dean le Roux (pictured) said that Stab-A-Load’s doors are perfect for every application and can be used as barriers between different areas.
Stab A Load

Starke had a full range of refrigeration gases, brackets, wrap-arounds, and flat backs. “Later in the year we will bring in tools (gauges and so on) and in a few months’ time we’re bringing in compressors,” said Johan Loots, business development manager. The compressors were launched at the stand throughout the show.

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TCL, solely distributed in South Africa by TecsaReco, showcased a variety of TCL air-conditioning products to familiarise visitors with the extensive quality range of TCL. Selvyn Niebuhr, TecsaReco product manager (third from left), seen engaging with fellow international exhibitors at the TCL stand.

TecsaReco had multiple stands at the show, this one displaying products from their in-house brands Friga Systems and Unitherm. “We provide the full range nationwide,” said Gareth Smit, TecsaReco northern regional manager (right), here with Sebastian Muller, Cape regional manager (left); and Lenard Wynne; sales engineer (middle).

TecsaReco’s other indoor stand showcased its new range of evaporative coolers and turbine ventilators. Samson Khantsi of the TecsaReco evaporative cooling division proudly represented the other stand at the show.
TecsaReco 2

testo South Africa showcased the latest innovations in HVAC&R measuring instrumentation and tools. They launched the testo 440 — an air velocity and indoor air quality (IAQ) measuring instrument. They also highlighted the testo 420. Seen at the stand, from left: Chris Naidoo, Clement Steenkamp, and Torsten Harms.

Thermofin GmbH presented their latest developments of CO2, ammonia, and propane coolers. They also showed off their range of dry coolers and condensers. Thermofin sales executive Felix Weber (pictured) highlighted the company’s heat exchangers from Germany.

Toolsense featured their range of high-quality tools for the HVAC industry. “We have well over 2 000 products. A good technician has good tools,” said Dominick Kempe, owner.

Toshiba | AHI Carrier boasted a large team (pictured) on the floor during the three-day show to show the market a variety of its products, including its three-pipe heat recovery system and touch-screen controllers. They also launched their new 30KAV variable speed air-cooled screw chiller.

Trane displayed commercial and unitary products at their stand, including a massive chiller. They launched a multi-split unitary product and a few controls on the commercial side. “We have a raffle and entrants can win a Trane air conditioner,” said national sales director, Christo Schlechter (on left), joined by Hayley Westermeyer (sales engineer for unitry), Jillian Fraser (marketing and administration), and Danita van der Westhuizen (applied sales administrator).

Transfrig displayed their new slimline products for the refrigeration industry. Visitors who came to the stand were able to get a look and feel of the product. From left, representatives Mark Demartinis, Fran Trathen, and Doug Wilson were ready to engage interested clients.

Trox Technik South Africa showcased a large variety of its extensive range, with a focus on their new air handling unit, the XeCube; their new fire smoke damper; and their VAV damper demo rig. They also displayed a few products from their parent company in Germany to showcase the Trox Group’s capability in design and manufacture. The Trox team at the show, from left: Andries Duvenage, sales manager; Jacques Coertze, sales engineer; Luzette Botha, internal sales representative; Tasmyn Davis, internal sales representative; Johan Botha, internal sales representative; and Charles Deacon, external sales representative.

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Umicore Marketing Services Africa focused on BrazeTec brazing alloys and fluxes at their stand. Arthur Smal, general manager (pictured), highlighted that the brazing alloys are manufactured in Germany.

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Victualic looked at instilling progression within the industry, moving from pipe connections to faster and less riskier installations on site. Changing perceptions about capital cost versus life cycle cost. “We’re influencing our markets to look beyond what capital cost is and rather looking at life cycle cost on a project,” said Marcel Ley (regional sales manager) on right, with Jannes du Plessis (sales engineer).

Viessmann displayed their offering of heating and cooling systems. “We manufacture boilers, heat pumps, accessories, and refrigeration equipment for food service and medical applications,” said product manager: sales area, Aniket Erande.

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Whitfields launched the new chilled water machine that was recently supplied to their flagship project in Durban. Partners Mark Munstermann (left) and Gregg Munstermann were excited to create connections at the expo.


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Xiamen Trump Refrigeration Parts showcased refrigerators and spare parts for refrigerators and air conditioners. Iris Zhong, sales manager from China, described how they were keen to enter the South African market.
Xiamen Trump Refrigeration Parts

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York International | Johnson Controls presented its latest building management system control products, as well as the Hitachi VRF system and their new YZ centrifugal best-in-class chiller. Seen at the stand is, from left: Gert Deale, Johan Prinsloo, Liesl Coleman, Drew Martin, and Timothy Duma.


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