The 35th edition ofMostra Convegno Expocomfort - the international biennial exhibition dedicated to domestic and industrial systems, organized by Fiera Milano International at the new Fieramilano exhibition centre in Rho, Italy - is fully sold out. The exhibition, which is to be held from February 28 to March 4, 2006, will take up the whole of the new exhibition center, with over 140,000 square meters of exhibition space and the presence of more than 1,600 companies from all over the world.

The exhibition will see an 8% expansion of exhibiting space with respect to the 2004 edition, mainly due to the 13% growth of the area dedicated to heating and an increase of 16% of the cooling sector. The water treatment section, on the other hand, has remained in line with the data from the previous edition.

The growth of Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) only partly reflects the progress of the reference markets, as shown by the data relating to production and distribution in the heating and plumbing industry provided by the permanent observers of ANIMA - the Federation of Italian Associations of Mechanical, Engineering and Related Industries - and ANGAISA - the Italian Association for Wholesalers of Plumbing Equipment, HVAC, Flooring, Tiles and Bathroom Fittings.

The development of the heating sector within MCE also corresponds to the growth in the sector of appliances and components for heating systems registered, according to ANIMA data, during 2004 and 2005. Conversely, the expansion of the exhibition area dedicated to cooling is due to the introduction of a section dedicated to industrial and commercial refrigeration and to the increase in the number of exhibitors manufacturing air-handling equipment.