Register online for FRIGAIR 2018 – it’s free!

Visitor registration is now open for the continent’s only dedicated HVAC&R show, and the first 500 visitors to pre-register will stand a chance to win a portable air conditioner.

FRIGAIR 2018 will take place 6–8 June 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, drawing industry professionals from all levels, including consulting engineers, contractors, architects, developers, government officials, and many more. Make sure you diarise this important date now — it only comes around once every three years.

Register online now and stand a chance to win one of two portable air conditioners. The first 500 registered visitors will be entered into the draw. The competition ends 31 March 2018. Ts&Cs apply. Visit for more information.

Registration is free for all visitors and if you pre-register online, you can simply show up on the day to check out all that the local (and international) HEVAC&R sector has to offer. With so much to see and so much to do, even if you do not win the prize, you are still a winner!

The show is selling out fast with about 90% of exhibition floor space already sold out. You can visit the FRIGAIR Exhibition website at to see a comprehensive list of all the exhibitors that have signed up so far. It truly will be a who’s who of our industry.

Three ASHRAE speakers have also been confirmed for this calendar highlight, but we will tell you more about that in the next edition — so watch this space.

Avoid the rush and pre-register online now for the FRIGAIR Exhibition 2018.

Credit: Specialised Exhibitions

Book your stand!

You can still book your stand, although space is selling out fast. Contact the exhibition manager, Dale Macnamara, at or on +27 (0) 11 579 4940. You can also contact Paul Engelbrecht, sales representative, at or on +27 (0) 76 455 9528.

FRIGAIR gains support of HVAC&R heavyweights

The FRIGAIR Expo 2018 organisers are excited to announce that the show is more than 80% sold out, with many big names (locally and internationally) coming on board to showcase their brands. Whether you want to exhibit or attend, make sure you do not miss out!

The excitement for next year’s exhibition is being felt far and wide in the industry — not just locally, but abroad as well. Following the great success of the 2015 show, everyone is excited about the upcoming event to show off the latest and greatest the HVAC&R suppliers have to offer.

The show is selling out fast with only a few more spots on the floorplan currently still being finalised. Some of the most recent companies to sign up for FRIGAIR 2018 include Johnson Controls, Seeley International, A-Gag, ebm-papst, Imperial/Clivet, and Energy Partners. Even the local wholesalers like Eurocool, Metraclark and TecsaReco are on board. You can visit the FRIGAIR Exhibition website at to see a comprehensive list of all the exhibitors that have signed up so far.

Regardless of their stand size, exhibitors are already planning their exhibition space and stand build-up, with an overwhelming majority choosing to build their own stand instead of taking the shell-scheme option.

Limited space is still available, but it’s not too late yet to come on board for the local market’s biggest dedicated HVAC&R show.

FRIGAIR 2018 will take place 6–8 June 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, drawing industry professionals from all levels, including consulting engineers, contractors, architects, developers, government officials and many more.

Visit for more information and to see what is new as the time draws nearer for another epic FRIGAIR show.

Credit: Specialised Exhibitions

Book your stand!

You can still book your stand, although space is selling out fast. Contact the exhibition manager, Dale Macnamara, at or on +27 (0) 11 579 4940. You can also contact Paul Engelbrecht, sales representative, at or on +27 (0) 76 455 9528.

ASHRAE speakers confirmed for FRIGAIR 2018 – book now!

FRIGAIR 2018 will once again fly in three world-class ASHRAE speakers to present topical short courses during the show. Register now and earn CPD points.

Specialised Exhibitions, Interact Media Defined (IMD), and the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) are proud to announce that industry can once again look forward to ASHRAE short courses at the upcoming FRIGAIR Expo 2018.

The three-hour-long short courses will be taking place at the FRIGAIR exhibition venue at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on the Wednesday and the Thursday of the show (6–7 June 2018). Bookings are essential as space is limited and space will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

The three courses will be as follows:


(Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 09:00–12:00)

This advanced course discusses the design and operation of HVAC systems for health care facilities. The course details the relationship of infection control and HVAC design, including application of ASHRAE’s HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics, Second Edition, and ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2017 Ventilation of Health Care Facilities. The course details the key elements of high-performing health care HVAC systems, including infection control, comfort, reliability, safety, maintenance, energy, and flexibility. In the instructor’s experience, engineers are regularly asked to troubleshoot systems they have designed, thus operation and maintenance issues are covered. The methods by which the HVAC system can mitigate or exacerbate airborne infections is covered, as this is the purpose of ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170. Numerous energy conservation strategies are discussed in the context of achieving the goals of a high-performing hospital. Included is valuable information on sequences, psychrometrics, and lessons learned on setback of temperature and airflow, as well as how these factors relate to temperature, relative humidity, air exchange, filtration, and pressurisation requirements. Design of operating suites, isolation rooms, labs, pharmacies, sterile processing, and imaging suites is covered briefly in the final hour.


Instructor bio: Daniel Koenigshofer is the vice-president for Health Care at Dewberry Engineers Inc. He has over 35 years of engineering and project management experience, specialising in master planning, troubleshoot  ing, and solving engineering problems in health care facilities. Koenigshofer has presented numerous training sessions on health care design, both nationally and internationally, at seminars sponsored by the NC Department of Energy, NC Hospital Energy Association, Corps of Engineers, ASHE, and ASHRAE. In addition, he has taught classes for the ASHRAE Learning Institute in over 25 major cities worldwide, using entertaining stories of “mistakes he has made” in engineering. Koenigshofer has written dozens of articles for national magazines and is a member of numerous national hospital engineering committees, and one of his most notable accomplishments was his dual role as the editor-in-chief and principal author of the 2013 ASHRAE book, HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics.



(Thursday, 7 June 2018, 13:00–16:00)

This course focuses on the basic application of relevant ASHRAE resources, such as Standards 90.1, 55, 62.1, and 189.1, and the ASHRAE Green Guide, to achieve high-performance building design. The course explains the differences in purpose and requirements between these various standards, and provides recommendations on the selection of which requirements to adopt into a building project, assuming it is not under the jurisdiction of Standard 189.1 but the design team still wanted to achieve a reasonable degree of ‘high-performance building design’. Course content should be suitable for architects and engineers.

Instructor bio: Dr Tom Lawrence is a senior public service associate and coordinator for the mechanical engineering degree programme at the University of Georgia, and he has 30+ years of professional engineering experience. Before going back for his PhD in mechanical engineering, he spent approximately 20 of those years in industry and consulting. Dr Lawrence is a member of the ASHRAE board of directors, past chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8 Building Environmental Impact and Sustainability, and a member of the committee that wrote ASHRAE Standard 189.1 on high-performance green buildings. As an ASHRAE distinguished lecturer, he gives presentations and workshops on green building design around the world. He is the chair of the editorial committee that will produce the 5th edition of the ASHRAE Green Guide. Dr Lawrence has a B.S. with highest distinction honours in environmental science from Purdue University, M.S. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University, and a second M.S. degree in engineering management from Washington University. He received a PhD in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, with a research topic focused on demand control ventilation.


(Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 13:00—16:00)

VRF systems are now becoming increasingly utilised across the world. This course provides non-manufacturer-specific concepts of the unique operational characteristics of VRF systems and how to apply VRF systems to a wide range of building types. The course supplements the fundamental VRF technology information in the 2016 ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Systems and Equipment by offering comprehensive VRF system design and application guidance, using building-specific scenarios. This course is geared to mechanical engineers, design-build contractors, consulting engineers, HVAC system designers, and facility engineers.


Instructor bio: Dr Hesham Safwat has many years of experience in the industry and in applied engineering science. His expertise includes sustainability practices and green buildings, especially with geothermal ground-source heat pumps and energy as well as atmosphere concerns for leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) for Middle Eastern commercial projects. Prior to joining the British University in Egypt in 2014 as lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr Hesham served as both instructor and technical manager for Miraco Carrier, where he was responsible for chillers, air handing units, fan coil selection, and pricing. Dr Hesham has extensive knowledge in HVAC design and energy modeling, HAP LEED courses, high-performance building, ASHRAE Standard 62.1, and ASHRAE Standard 90.1.


Book your spot!

To confirm your seat for any of these short courses, contact Ilana Koegelenberg at or on +27 (0) 11 579 4940. Space is limited, so book your spot now.

Costs are to be announced, but SAIRAC members will be able to book at a discounted rate.

Exhibitors are excited about FRIGAIR 2018

After the hugely successful FRIGAIR Expo 2015, next year’s show is already getting a lot of attention, with many of the 2015 exhibitors already signed up.

The sold-out 2015 FRIGAIR Expo boasted 140 exhibitors, representing not only the local HVAC&R market, but also huge international players.

Months of planning (in some cases, years) culminated in the memorable event that took place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, from 3 to 5 June 2015. The show was hugely successful, drawing 4 470 visitors from far and wide over the three show days.

A lot of hard work went into building the stands as exhibitors pulled out all the stops to stand out from the crowd. It all came together brilliantly in the end, looking as professional as many of the huge international trade shows.

From early on in the expo already, the stands were a hive of activity as exhibitors drew crowds in with everything from lucky draws to free gifts and coffee. Exhibitors really went the extra mile to reach their customers and the hard work paid off.

Live music and launches and even partnership signings — FRIGAIR 2015 was the time for it all. Not to mention all the supplier events that took place in the evenings. The show really was an industry highlight of note.

Even though there is still some time to go until FRIGAIR 2018, industry is already excited about the show. Many have even started planning their stand.

The organisers are positive that FRIGAIR 2018 will be just as successful as, if not more so, the 2015 event. So, make sure you do not miss out and diarise 6–8 June 2018 — we will see you at Gallagher in Midrand!

The floor plan is filling up quickly with exhibitors old and new, with more companies coming on board every day to ensure that they do not miss out on this HVAC&R calendar highlight. There is still space left, but it is selling out fast. Anyone who is still interested in booking their spot should get in touch with the sales team. Don’t blow hot and cold on this one: use this excellent opportunity to generate sales, gain valuable sales leads, and develop business connections.

Visit for more information and to see what’s new as the time draws nearer for another epic FRIGAIR.


Book your stand!

You can still book your stand, although space is selling out fast. Contact the exhibition manager, Dale Macnamara, at or on +27 (0) 11 579 4940. You can also contact Paul Engelbrecht, sales representative, at or on +27 (0) 76 455 9528.

PPM to publish official Propak Cape catalogue


PACKAGING is big business in the Western
Cape, especially in view of the large quantities of
fruit, vegetables, fish, wine and flowers exported
globally from this region.
From October 24 to 26, Propak Cape 2017 is set
to showcases the latest technologies for packaging,
printing, labelling, plastics production, food processing,
and wine and olive oil production. The show, taking
place at the Cape Town International Convention
Centre, will create a powerful platform for bringing
together buyers and sellers in these inter-related
Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery has appointed
PPM as its official media partner for Propak Cape
2017, which includes the publication of the official
A4 (rather than A5-sized) catalogue handed to trade
visitors attending this important event.
So, if you’re an exhibitor, don’t miss this opportunity
to promote your presence at the show by taking
advantage of our special rates for advertising in the
official catalogue, in the official show preview being
published in September, and in the official review in our
Festive Issue.
In the lead up to the show – starting in May – PPM is
publishing a series of articles giving tips and advice to
help exhibitors. Topics include reserving and designing
stands, choosing the necessary furniture and security
systems, creating eye-catching marketing elements,
ordering gas and laying pipes to run machines, and
selecting video screens and electronic equipment.
Additionally, we will turn our spotlight on recommended
stand builders, including their particular specialities and
list of services.
For advertising rates and official catalogue listing
enquiries, contact Susi Moore on 082 568 6729, email or Glywnnis Wells on 083
465 5874, email
To book a stand at Propak Cape 2017, contact
exhibition manager Sven Riddle on


Minister of Mines and Minerals Development applauds trade show

[07 June 2017, Kitwe, Zambia] The Honourable Christopher Yaluma (MP), Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development of the Republic of Zambia, said yesterday that he commends and supports the combining of the trade shows CAMINEX & CBM-TEC as it guarantees a suitable platform for business and networking in the mining and agricultural sectors. Minister Yaluma was the opening keynote speaker at the seminar series which is taking place alongside the mining, industrial and agricultural trade show.

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Food & Hospitality Africa 2017 takes the cake


March 2017 – The exquisite art of cake decorating will again be a big attraction at Food & Hospitality Africa powered by Hostex at Gallagher Convention Centre from 7 to 9 May, which can be experienced at the SA Cake Decorators Guild (SACDG) master decorators display and demonstration theatre.

The guild’s theme this year is ‘A Celebration’ and the sugar art will feature a wide range of skills including figure moulding, royal icing work, sugar flowers and more. Says Deon Swarts, Deputy President of SACDG, “The artworks for the show take weeks or even months to complete, and will be kept as a closely-guarded secret until revealed on our F&HA stand.”

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Food & Hospitality Africa wins Best Trade Exhibition in inaugural ROAR Awards category


26 January 2017 – The first ever AAXO Organiser and Exhibitor Awards took place at TicketPro Dome last night, 26 January 2017…and we are thrilled to announce that Food & Hospitality Africa powered by Hostex was awarded Best Trade Exhibition in its size category (Category 1 – 6000sqm).

Event Director for this Specialised Exhibitions tradeshow, Nick Sarnardas was delighted to accept the award on the show’s behalf and had this to say: “Acknowledgement by a respected industry association such as African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) consolidates Food & Hospitality’s commitment to remaining the Pan African trade show of choice in our sector.”

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Fasten your seatbelt for the next Food & Hospitality Africa Show in 2017


The next Food & Hospitality Africa (F&HA) Show, powered by Hostex, will be taking place from 7 May to 9 May 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. Hostex – with a three decade track record – will in 2017 power Food & Hospitality Africa to present the industry with an extraordinary food expo.

The launch of Food & Hospitality Africa in 2016 was nothing short of remarkable. It was the first time the two trade shows co-located at Gallagher Convention Centre from 3 to 5 May, with 300 exhibitors from 28 countries worldwide showcasing their products and services to over 6 400 trade visitors. A whopping 99% of surveyed visitors in 2016 said they would return to the 2017 show which will continue to deliver key buyers.

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Food & Hospitality Africa 2017 promises great value


Food & Hospitality Africa will be better than ever in 2017, with significant additions and improvements that will offer added value for both exhibitors and visitors, says Nick Sarnadas, Event Director with show organiser, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery.

Food & Hospitality Africa will take place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, conveniently located for the Gauteng market, from 7 to 9 May 2017.

“Our inaugural F&HA in 2016 – incorporating long-running Hostex and Africa’s international food and drinks expo, IFEA – was a success, featuring over 300 exhibitors from 28 countries and 11 official pavilions, as well as a slew of additional features such as our free-to-attend seminars, demonstrations, competitions, and more. We have evaluated every aspect of the first F&HA and are pulling out all the stops to make the 2017 exhibition even better,” says Sarnadas.

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