Steady visitor numbers, a very well received technical seminar series, high exhibitor satisfaction and a grand awards function were some of the highlights of the recently concluded ARBS 2014 show.

Held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the trade show attracted 7,774 visitors over the three days of the event, around 5% higher than the 2012 show, which eclipsed previous records.

This year’s technical seminar series was very well received, with attendees across a range of industries and organisations getting the latest on legislative and technology changes and hearing case studies from national and international speakers. Seminar registrations were higher than the previous show, aided by sessions on highly topical subjects including HFC phase down, the repeal of the carbon tax and working with R32.

Featuring the theme ‘Connecting your Industry’, ARBS was again applauded for offering the right combination of information and networking opportunities. Multiple exhibitors reported higher visitor numbers and better quality of leads.

The gala dinner was a major highlight of the event with ARBS 2014 Industry Award winners being announced and five nominees inducted into the ARBS Hall of Fame.

ARBS 2012 Industry Award winners include: Young Achiever award – Brett Saunders of Hiflow Industries; Outstanding Service and Maintenance Provider – Precise Air; Product Excellence award – Hercules Packaged Air Conditioning Unit – Actronair; HVAC Project Excellence award – Queen Elizabeth II Courts Of Law, Brisbane – Aurecon Australia; Refrigeration Project Excellence award – Coles Supermarket, Hallam; Outstanding Education & Training award – Web-Based Training (Technicians) – Daikin Australia.

ARBS Hall of Fame Inductees include Alan Woodhouse, Alan Obrart, Albert Watson, Bill Siganto and Kevin Lee.