CholodExpo Rossija: Hot Market For Refrigeration Equipment

Anyone who thinks there's no demand for artificial refrigeration in Russia is mistaken: the sales volume for refrigeration technology in Russia rose by 30 per cent between 2005 and 2007. New fields of business are opening up, especially in the areas of refrigerated transport, energy efficiency and environmental protection. In March, the CholodExpo Rossija exhibition organized by NürnbergMesse offers the opportunity to obtain a survey of refrigeration applications, components and systems for the second time in the Crocus Expo Center in Moscow. The first event in spring this year attracted as many as 72 exhibitors from 15 countries.

The Russian refrigeration market is booming. 300,000 companies and organizations are currently involved in production, operation, maintenance and development. Another 6 million units a year are added to the existing 69 million refrigeration units in Russia. The major customer apart from industry and agriculture is mainly the air conditioning sector, which grew by 20 per cent in 2007 due to an increased number of building projects.

Alexander Baranenko, President of the International Academy of Refrigeration, estimates that sales in the market segment of industrial refrigeration in Russia will amount to 923.1 million US dollars in 2008. He expects 14 per cent growth in 2009 (total:, 053.2m), and another 14.5 per cent in 2010 (total:, 206.6m). This would give a total rise of 63 per cent over 2007.

At the Chillventa exhibition, the refrigeration industry get-together in Nürnberg, Baranenko presented a trend analysis that attracted great interest among leading representatives from the industry. The analysis shows three trends emerging in the Russian refrigeration market.

According to Baranenko, the market must change to ecologically safer natural refrigerants such as ammonia, CO2 or water and air, instead of the freon currently used in 90 per cent of the systems, which is harmful to the environment. This will necessitate the development of a new generation of plant and equipment, which promises better energy efficiency with a longer lifetime. Integrated refrigeration solutions with Low Grade Power Engineering (LGPE) are promising technologies for this purpose. After all, Russia's own production is to be promoted, for 70 per cent of the local market is currently dominated by equipment built from foreign components.

Baranenko sees the biggest potential for these business fields mainly in the segments of air conditioning plants, refrigerated transport and refrigeration of food. The latter has become important through the recent strong growth in the delicatessen market. Extremely long transport routes open up good market prospects for refrigerated transport. 75 million tons a year are transported mainly by rail over average distances of 4,000 km. The refrigerated trains used for this are outdated and must be renewed or replaced. There are currently hardly any refrigeration solutions for transporting perishable goods by ship. Baranenko sees totally new market prospects here.

So high time for international companies to gain a foothold in the Russian market. As the only refrigeration exhibition in Russia, CholodExpo Rossija in the Moscow Crocus Expo Center from 10-12 March 2009 offers the ideal business platform for this. The list of exhibitors at the exhibition already includes key market leaders like Emerson, Grasso, Güntner, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Lu-Ve, Rivacold, Teko or Thermofin. Energy efficiency, the key theme of the event, will be discussed at the accompanying conference programme in addition to the state of development and prospects for the refrigeration industry in Russia.

German exhibitors can still register to exhibit in the German pavilion until the deadline of 31 October 2008 and benefit from favourable special terms.

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