Three industry dedicated expos held in Riyadh

Mansour A. Alshathry, vice chairman of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Human Resources and Labor Market Committee, inaugurated the three co-located, industry dedicated events at Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center last week.
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Updated 18 February 2020

Three industry dedicated expos held in Riyadh

Mansour A. Alshathry, vice chairman of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Human Resources and Labor Market Committee, inaugurated three co-located, industry dedicated events at Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center last week: HVAC R Expo Saudi, FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo, and Stone & Surface Saudi.

The exhibitions are the most influential platforms in the Kingdom in their respective sectors. Organized by dmg events LLC, the events ran until Feb. 13 and brought together 140 exhibitors from more than 20 countries.

Event Director at DMG Events Roni El-Haddad said: “Thanks to government incentives such as Saudi Vision 2030, and the highly public visa reforms, we have seen a growth in the number of international exhibitors participating at the exhibitions this year.”

While the international presence confirms Saudi Arabia as an attractive market for foreign investment, the stunning turnout of local companies this week also showcases the Kingdom’s success in fostering a supportive business landscape where enterprises can flourish.” 

All three co-located events featured free-to-attend workshop series throughout the week, where visiting professionals were able to benefit from CPD (continuing professional development) certification points. Together there were more than 65 workshop sessions offering insight into the latest trends and techniques in each industry. 


YORK highlights role of HVAC in disease spread

The YORK Hygienic Air Handling Unit is integrated with different control technologies to transform a regular hospital room into either an operation room or an isolation room (with 100 percent fresh air) and vice versa, as and when required.
Updated 01 April 2020

YORK highlights role of HVAC in disease spread

The COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the world, with focus now turned to the control and prevention of the spread of the coronavirus. People around the world have been urged to avoid crowded areas and stay home to control and minimize the impact of the disease. But how safe are indoor environments?
The circulated air inside homes or other closed spaces can also contribute to the spread of microbes, such as bacteria and viruses, highlighting the role that HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems can play in the transmission of COVID-19 and other airborne diseases.
Maher H. Mousa, director of product management, sustainability and energy efficiency policy, Al-Salem Johnson Controls (YORK), said: “When we think about pollutants, we often think about those found outside, whether in the air, on the ground, or in the water, even though indoor air quality (IAQ) is just as vital to our everyday lives and health, and the pollutants found inside buildings and closed public areas should concern us just as much, if not more, especially these days when the world is faced with the challenge of fighting the spread of the COVID-19.”
Mousa said the design and operation of HVAC systems can hinder disease transmission in several ways. When HVAC systems supply clean air to susceptible occupants, such as in crowded and closed spaces, it helps in reducing the possibility of disease transmission.
He said Al-Salem Johnson Controls offers a complete range of advanced solutions and technologies covering filtration, proper humidification and ultraviolet (UV) air purifiers that reduce airborne contaminants to achieve an optimum room temperature and humidity, and a cleaner and healthier IAQ.
“These HVAC units supply 100 percent fresh air by containing contaminated air and exhausting it to the outdoors, and then replacing it with well-treated fresh air, which re-enters the space after a rigorous filtration process; this process cleans the air within the space/room. Air filtration starts with the pre-filtration stage to prevent dust particles from passing through air. YORK’s units are equipped with filters that do not allow the passage of big particles to the air-conditioned environment through multiple stages of filtration that can achieve up to 95 percent filtration efficiency in comfort application, and 99.95 percent in medical application, thereby increasing the IAQ depending on the application,” the company said.
HVAC systems using UV lights help enhance the IAQ as well as eliminate many types of fungi, bacteria, germs, viruses and pathogens.
Mousa said the company integrates HVAC solutions, control systems and platforms, and data analytics, to help achieve maximum levels of indoor air quality and provide hygienic environments.
An application of its integrated systems in hospitals, for example, is its ability to transform a regular hospital room into either an operation room or an isolation room (with 100 percent fresh air) and vice versa, as and when required. This is done by the integration of YORK Hygienic Air Handling Unit (AHU) with different control technologies. The YORK Hygienic AHU is a special model that complies with strict hygiene requirements, based on international standards (DIN-1946-4, VDI 6022, EN1886 and EN13053). The unit is suitable for hospitals/health care centers, pharmaceutical factories, laboratories, food industries and other places.