The floor area of China Refrigeration 2008 was larger than ever before. In addition to five large exhibition halls in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, the organizer built two large tent halls, giving CR a total exhibit area of 66,900 m2. It attracted 968 exhibitors from 30 countries: the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Egypt, Spain, France, Hong Kong, Israel, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Singapore, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam, and China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan regions). The number of exhibitors also exceeded that of previous exhibitions.
China Refrigeration Expo has been certified by the International Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI), and the Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, which ranked CR as one of the three major international HVAC refrigeration expos and the largest professional exhibition of its kind in Asia. This year’s event brought in 48,295 visitors from 101 countries.
The participation of new brands and the composition of the exhibitors made for a successful show in the eye of most visitors and exhibitors. The show organizer even asserted that it had denied exhibit space to some enterprises that did not produce any energy-saving and environmental-friendly products.