October 5, 2022 BY Amanda Searle


Australia’s only international air conditioning, refrigeration and building services trade exhibition, ARBS 2022 held from the 16-18 August in Melbourne, continues to receive positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors alike, having exceeded expectations for attendance.


Over 80% of exhibitors polled said they had achieved their objectives for exhibiting at ARBS 2022. “Probably the best ARBS I have attended, and I have been to them all,” said an exhibitor.


The official visitor numbers, not including staff or exhibitors, was 7,408. With a huge 15,000m2 of exhibition space that hosted 216 feature-packed stands, visitors were able to see the latest in HVAC&R and building services offerings, with 84% of attendees polled saying they had found suppliers or products they would purchase within the next two years.


“ARBS helped me with finding great new sources and products I was not aware of and speaking to suppliers gave me new ideas and solutions through their experience and sharing knowledge. ARBS opened my mind to new technologies and methods to develop myself and the business with advanced solutions,” said a visitor.


ARBS is truly an international event, hosting exhibitors from China, India, Korea, Thailand, Türkiye, United Arab Emirates and USA. Visitors also made the journey to attend ARBS 2022 from: China, Indonesia, New Zealand, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, South Africa and Sri Lanka, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, New Caledonia, Oman, Philippines, South Korea, Türkiye, and United Arab Emirates.


Running alongside the exhibition was the highly anticipated Seminar Program which saw a range of panels and guest presenters deliver information relevant to the industry. Attendance was also impressive with 1,284 tickets booked, with many sessions sold out.


The Exhibitor Presentation Theatre was also a hive of activity with exhibitors presenting product and technology information, updates, and demonstrations.


The ARBS 2022 Industry Awards, which honoured those who are achieving greatness in the industry, was held at the Crown Palladium on 17 August. The evening was hosted by Australian media personality, Andrew Daddo, and was very well received seeing a high demand for tickets to this gala event.


“ARBS is thrilled to see visitors returning so enthusiastically to our exhibition and supporting programs.” said ARBS Chair, Professor Tony Arnel. “Overall, a phenomenally successful three-days celebrating our diverse industry and the best it has to offer,” Arnel added.


There is no other event like ARBS that connects industry experts, engineers, contractors and technicians with global product and solution providers within a collaborative environment that promotes business, networking, education, and innovation.


Stay tuned for more information on ARBS 2024 which returns to the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney in May 2024, dates to be confirmed shortly.




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