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Tradeshows in February – 2014

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

AquaTherm Moscow 4-7 February

Official Website:

Venue: International Exhibition Centre Crocus Expo – Pavilion 3, Hall 13, 14, 15
Moscow, Russia

Opening Hours: 10am-6pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10am-4pm Friday

Overview: AquaTherm is an international exhibition which focusses on industry sectors such as heating and ventilation, as well as environmental technology, water supply, sanitary equipment and air-conditioning.  With over 750 exhibitors taking part, World of water and spa will also be a key feature at AquaTherm Moscow event.

Exhibitors scheduled to attend include:

  • Electro Engineering Limited
  • Pipex Systems S.A.
  • REMS GmbH & Co
  • Samson AG
  • Valtec


PlumbexIndia – 20-22 February

Official Website:

Opening Hours: 11am-7pm daily

Venue: Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (East) Mumbai, India

Overview: PlumbexIndia is the only international show to take place in India which is dedicated to the plumbing industry.  With its 6th annual show taking place this year, PlumbexIndia is supported by global organisations such as World Plumbing Council, with companies such as Grundfos and KiTec also partners at the event.  CERA is sponsoring the symposium which takes place alongside the exhibition on the 20th February, with this year’s theme reflecting on Two Decades of IPA – Redefining Plumbing Standards in India.


AquaTherm Tashkent, Uzbekistan 25-28 February

Official Website:

Venue:  NEC UzExpoCentre, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Overview: AquaTherm Tashkent will be held together with the UzBuild exhibition, resulting in one of Uzbekistan’s largest tradeshow events, which brings together manufacturers and suppliers from both the construction and HVAC industry sectors all under one roof.

With Exhibitors yet to be confirmed, product categories at the event include:

  • Green Building
  • Sauna and Swimming Pools
  • Sanitary Technology
  • Water and Waste Water Technology
  • Heating Technology and Equipment

Unicera Istanbul – 26 Feb – 2nd March

Official Website:

Opening Hours: 10am-7pm 26th Feb-1st March, 10am-6pm 2nd March

Venue: Tuyap Fair Convention and Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey

Overview: The International Ceramic, Bathroom, Kitchen Fair welcomes over 350 companies and 65,000 visitors to this popular event.  With Manufacturers and Exporters of Kitchen and Bathroom Equipment and Accessories, Wall and Floor coverings, Sauna and Turkish Bath Equipment and Ceramic Processing Technologies exhibiting in this the 26th Unicera show to take place.

Exhibitors scheduled to attend include:

  • Alteo
  • Dune Ceramica S.L.
  • Fuccelli
  • Studor Ventech Ltd
  • Swarovski

Tradeshows in January-2014

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

There are 4 big tradeshows taking place internationally over January. These are:

Haus (House) Bad Salzuflen – 10-12 January

Official Website:

Venue: Messezentrum Bad Salzuflen, Benzstr. 23
32105 Bad Salzuflen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Overview: Haus (House) is part of a combined event, House, Garde, Tourism, and is focused around heating, plumbing, construction, electrical and renovation. The show appeals to a range of sectors including building construction, materials, structural engineering and plumbing.

Exhibitors scheduled to attend include:

  • Domus Sana
  • Allkauf
  • Bosch
  • Busch
  • Velux



Global Energy Guide

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Worldwide demand for energy has risen relentlessly during the last 150 years and ties in with the industrial development and growth of the population. Forecasts show that the demand for energy will keep rising and by a minimum of 50% by 2030 because developing countries like India and China who need more energy to keep up with their rapid economic growth.

About 80% of the world’s energy is at present, supplied thorough fossil fuels – oil, gas and coal. Forming a very long time ago from the remains of dead animals and plants that are carbon rich, unfortunately these are non-renewable energy sources that are running out.

Over the last decade or so, there is worry about the impact on the environment. When fossil fuels are burning they create greenhouse gases which if not monitored and reduced will cause climate change.

The pressure is on to replace fossil fuels and find more renewable sources of energy that are non-polluting and enduring like solar energy or wind.

Nuclear Energy could be an option.

Fission: It’s the basis of current atomic energy production involving the decay of specific large atomic nuclei like uranium-235, which releases a lot of energy. Commercial nuclear reactors first started up in the 1950’s and now about 440 reactors supply over 15% of global electricity. This was supposed to be the failsafe option, delivering clean and plentiful fuel, however the nuclear industry struggled with its image, because of accidents like Chernobyl and the big job of dealing with radioactive waste. Now that fossil fuel prices are rising and reserves are getting lower, there is pressure mounting about dealing with climate change, some countries are looking towards Fission again.

Fusion: Energy can be released by forcing together light atomic nuclei instead of splitting heavy ones. This is the same process that power stars. Some believe that nuclear fusion will provide a safe and green energy source compared with fossil fuel. Allowing huge amounts of energy to be produced from plentiful sources like lithium and water. However this is a relatively new method and a commercial reactor has not been made yet and won’t be expected to be made until about 2050, if ever? There are still so many engineering and scientific tests to be made.

Hydropower is the best source of renewable energy. Relying on rainfall that flows into rivers, to dams. Water is then channelled to flow to a turbine and turn it, which then produces energy in a generator. After the dam is built, hydropower is a cheap source of power and there are no carbon dioxide emissions. Norway produced over 99% of its electricity for domestic use from hydro stations.

Wind is the second most successful renewable energy source. It is more costly per unit of electricity produced than fossil fuels. They are flexible as they be used on shore and off shore. Their efficiency is down to the weather. Some people also complain as they think that they can mar the landscape. Wind power seems to be more popular in Europe.

Sun is a renewable and emission free energy. IT is not a cheap method of using renewable energy as the initial set up is very high. But the costs are eventually lowering and once they are installed the actual energy source is free.

Wave and Tidal Power are big sources of unused energy from the ocean. These are new technologies and have not been explored to the extent that wind and solar energy have and development is costly.

Biomass is organic and a material that is non-fossil which creates a renewable energy source.

Energy Firm wants End to Automatic Renewal Contracts

Friday, July 26th, 2013

E.On the energy giant is calling for a ban on rollover contracts for energy for small companies.  This follows the decision by Ofgem to hold off regarding the new rule regarding the end of contract dates.

E.On wants all of the energy companies to end the controversy and ban rollover contracts. The rollover contracts see businesses automatically committed to expensive long term deals.

Ofgem has declined to ban rollover plans until the industry insists upon it. British Gas has made an announcement that as of September 1st 2013 the new customers will not be sold products that automatically ties them into fixed term contracts.

E.On started this campaign after a result by Ofgem to put back the date where it is compulsory to have end dates on the actual contracts.

The Sales & Marketing Director at E.On, Anthony Ainsworth said that they know from their own business consumer panel and the research that got carried out independently, most small businesses don’t like the rollover process that happens automatically and they find it too complicated which is why they are wanting to make things more simple and straight forward by the industry working together. Anthony also added that if the new practice is accepted then the industry and the regulator will have to work together and make sure everything is fair. Providers must offer their customers simplicity, clarity and consistency.

E.on has introduced the end of contract dates onto customer’s bill as well as applying a “fair negotiation” Policy for companies that have missed or forgotten about their renewal dates. Although, none of this will ban the rollover deals as it needs to be the industry that pass the bill.

British Gas customers can actually opt for the fixed period contract from the 1st of September.

As of June 2014 current British Gas consumers will be able to choose the tariff they would like from a variety of options (fixed term contracts or variable contracts). If any BG customer reach the end of their contracts before June 2014 they will be able to jump over to a non-rollover contract if they get in contact to discuss what they would like to do next.

The Managing Director of British Gas, Stephen Beynon said that more and more BG small business customers have told us that they dislike the providers automatically moving them to new contracts. So British Gas have decided to keep their customers happy and hopefully entice more by getting rid of automatic renewal.

Ofgem are currently reviewing whether automatic renewal contracts should be banned across the board and they are considering the results. Ofgem will decide by winter of 2013-2014 (this year).

British Gas acting on the consumer’s request, shows a shift in the industry by the energy provider making the contracts much more flexible.

In June, EDF Energy launched a flexible contract for electricity providing small business with an alternative to a fixed duration, fixed price one. The contract allows the customer to leave the supplier whenever they want, without having to pay an exit charge.

The Director of SME at EDF Energy said that because small businesses are so busy, energy is often not a priority on their to do lists and they don’t have the time to fully investigate the energy market, so they commit for a longer time, often being stung.

This system suits some customers, but in the most part, customers want to have more control.




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