Posted On: Monday, April 23, 2018
With a grand total of 15,029 people registered to attend CMPX 2018, the show enjoyed a 2.0% total increase over the very successful 2016 show. Another important metric was Total Visitors – up 7.5%. Several important attendee categories were also up significantly.
In the key target group of Contractors; HVACR Contractors were up 12.8% and Plumbing Contractors were up 18.3%!
Special marketing efforts to build the Contractor attendees has clearly been successful. The Wholesalers all across Canada received packages of Marketing Materials and several Wholesaler organizations participated in the CMPX Bus program, bringing Contractor clients by bus to the show. An Interactive Map on the CMPX Website showed 43 different pick-up locations where Wholesalers offered bus transportation to the show.
That may account in part for the increase in Wholesalers attending CMPX – up 11.4% over the 2016 numbers. In addition, Government attendees were up 8.9% and Service/Maintenance people were up 6.6%.
No wonder the aisles were busy and buzzing throughout all 3 days!
CMPX 2018 ended on Friday March 23rd, at 4:00pm marked by the official drawing for the CMPX “Win A Van” contest. The prize van is a new GMC Savana with custom racking interior by Farmbro. Show Chairman Dennis Kozina and HRAI president Warren Heeley spun the draw drum and then selected the winning ballot.
Congratulations to the winner, Mike Cliffe! Mike is a Mechanic at Sensible Heating & Air Conditioning in Brampton, ON. The van will be presented at a photo session in the next few weeks after the racking is installed and the van is lettered up.
The Wholesalers deserve a special acknowledgement. A larger-than-ever number of Wholesalers ran customer social activities and bus trips to CMPX. This is smart business for the Wholesalers and it contributed to both increase total CMPX attendance as well as to spread the crowds throughout the show, keeping the aisles busy every day. The CMPX Committee especially wants to thank the Bus program participants (in alphabetical order); Bardon, Desco, EMCO, McKeough Supply, Noble and Wolseley for their very valuable support.
The eleven different Learning Forum sessions in the Show Floor Theatre were arranged with Daily Themes and carefully selected topics. Learning Forum attendance was strong and several sessions attracted ‘standing room only’ crowds.
Wednesday, March 21 was themed “For Owners & Managers” and started with Bob Collins from BuildForce Canada with labour force projections for 2018 -2027. This was followed by Kevin Ernst from OS&B with a Lead Update: Valves and Relevant Standards. Next was Nick Robins from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services explaining the New Door-to-Door Contracting Rules and fielding a lot of questions from the floor. Wednesday closed out with Steve Goldie from NEXT talking about Online SMART Monitoring – all in all, a great start to the sessions.
Thursday, March 22 was “Engineering – The Future of Mechanicals” and started with Nick Reggi, HRAI Instructor delivering A Hands On Approach to ‘Psychrometrics’. Then, Andre Patenaude from Emerson spoke on Natural Refrigeration and the Future. This was followed by Plumbing – From the Eyes of a Plumbing Inspector – a Pictographic Journey by Andrew Quattrociocchi from the Township of Oro Medonte. Staying with plumbing, Jason Jackson from Fleming College presented Water Quality at the Tap.
Friday, March 23 was dedicated to Technician Sessions – Hands-On Smart Solutions and started with Parminder Sandhu from the Green Ontario Fund talking about opportunities with the Green Ontario Fund: How to Get Involved. Hydronics was the focus of the next session on Magnetic Separation by Bob ‘Hot Rod’ Rohr from Caleffi, then the final session was by Tom Cates, On the Level HVAC Designs explaining about High Velocity Systems: Their Place in your Business.
The dates have been released and the CMPX 2020 show will be held March 25, 26 and 27 of 2020. Mark your calendars!
Jointly produced since 1972 by HRAI and CIPH, CMPX 2018, The Canadian Mechanical & Plumbing Exposition is Canada’s national trade show and Learning Forum for the mechanicals industry including: air-conditioning, heating (forced-air and hydronics), plumbing, waterworks, water quality, piping, refrigeration and ventilation industries.
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