ARBS 2014 – Bigger, Better, Smarter


The popularity of ARBS (Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services) continues to grow with more than 7,700 visitors drawn to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for the 3 day event in May this year. This year Fantech partnered with Queensland branch Air Design and Elta Group member Airepure to showcase the latest in intelligent ventilation solutions and filtration technology on a 108m2 stand.

Fantech Marketing Services Manager Frank Cosentino said ARBS 2014 gave exhibitors the opportunity to connect with specifiers, consulting engineers and mechanical contractors from around the country. “It is the ideal venue to discuss the latest technological innovations and demonstrate the products Fantech has developed,” he said. “But most importantly, the direct contact with industry members provides an insight into market needs and feedback for further improvement or new product development.” One such example is Fantech’s recently introduced Pre-fabricated Modular Assemblies.

The assemblies combine Fantech’s quality axial fans with transitions, flexible connectors and anti-vibration mounts in a structurally certified unit. Designed to help customers achieve faster, more efficient project delivery, the modular system simplifies installation, improves on-site productivity and saves engineering, project drafting and labour costs. “Customers are looking for solutions with lower costs,” Frank said. “Energy efficient products that have a small environmental footprint are in high demand. Fantech’s extended range of EC (Electronically Commutated) fans including the Compact 2000, Gamma and new JetVent car park system with smoke detection, were a highlight of the stand.”

Visitors to the Fantech stand were also able to gain a sneak peak at new developments including the revolutionary Aerosound acoustic louvre, and the Flair and Silent Design exhaust fans. Keeping the industry informed of additions and changes to the product range is a priority at Fantech and vitally important to specifiers, consultants and contractors. As a result Fantech is developing integrated information platforms that include tools to access this information easier.

“Customers were impressed by our forward thinking on all the new product literature where QR codes have been added,” Frank said. “By scanning the QR code with their smart phones, customers will link directly to the new Fantech mobile website where they can make product selections and download product specifications and data.” Frank said the response to this year’s stand had been fantastic and Fantech would continue to improve and extend its product range based on the feedback received from customers.