The role of efficient refrigeration systems and reliable cold chains in maintaining the integrity of perishable foods and products in Africa is set to become ever more significant in the years to come, according to John Thomson of Exhibition Management Services (EMS), organisers of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) 2014 exhibition
The event, which will take place at Cape Town International Convention Centre from 2-4 July 2014, will look to highlight opportunities presented by the growing global demand for commercial refrigeration equipment, which Thompson said was set to increase by 4.4 per cent a year to US$32 billion by the year 2016.
"This market is the key focus of the RAC Africa 2014 exhibition, which will provide an effective networking platform for manufacturers and suppliers to explore new African markets, and connect with potential customers and partners," Thomson said.
"We're expecting a large contingent of international manufacturers from the refrigeration industry to participate in the RAC Africa event, and thousands of buyers and trade visitors from expanding markets on the continent, looking for equipment, products and services.
"Some refrigeration and air conditioning suppliers have started identifying business opportunities springing up in existing African markets," Thomson added. "We intend to bring the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of refrigeration equipment, cold chain technology and air conditioning systems to Cape Town for the RAC Africa 2014 Expo, as the foundation of a networking platform for doing business with rising African markets."
The event will be held in Cape Town, the main access point for sub-Saharan Africa’s cold chain industry, and home to a port that handles close to five million tonnes of frozen and chilled perishable food every year. Cape Town is also the capital of Western Cape Province, which is home to the largest concentration of cold rooms and refrigeration facilities in Africa.
RAC is a component show of the four-part Cape Industries Showcase (CIS) 2014 Expo, with the other components consisting of the Marine, Offshore & Maritime Africa Expo, the Oil & Gas Africa Expo and the Empowertec Cape Small Business Expo.