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Skating Industry Set to Change :
Environmental Rink Promises Healthy Future

(HONG KONG, September 2007) – The future of a cleaner and greener society lies in our collective effort to protect our environment. The Rink at Elements, 1 Austin Road West, is the first-ever environmentally friendly skating rink in Hong Kong and in Asia. CEO Herbert Chow reiterates his belief that taking positive action today is the only way to safeguard our future and the most responsible way forward. The eco-friendly ice-skating rink opens to the public at Elements, 1 Austin Road West, on 1st October 2007

Conventional ice-skating rinks require a considerable amount of energy in ice generation. The Rink, an ice-skating rink of 20 x 46 meters that employs the latest absorber technology from Europe, allows the skating rink to operate with significantly lower energy consumption. The energy saving is achieved through the use of Austria’s leading ice rink specialist AST’s absorber system using a rubber carpet emerged with 6mm diameter rubber pipes laid over the whole ice rink area for ice making that increases efficiency of energy transfer by 70%, as well as the intelligent temperature monitoring and control system that allows the chillers to operate as and when they are required.

A traditional rink of 20 x 46m is built on a network of steel pipes encased in approximately 100 tons of concrete that turns itself into a waste disposal issue at the end of its life. The Rink at Elements is designed to rest on a carpet of mobile rubber pipes which, with its flexibility, can be rolled back for multiple relocation and re-installation.

During the operation of keeping ice temperature and quality, the heat energy generated by the chillers under the AST system is fully recycled and reused for melting ice collected by the ice resurfacing machine at the snow pit. Energy for extra boiler to heat up water is significantly saved.

While the standard LPG, gasoline or diesel-powered resurfacing machines employed by traditional ice-skating rinks discharge high level of emissions creating a dangerous level of microns within an enclosed ice rink environment, The Rink makes use of an Italian ice resurfacing machine called ENGO, an electric, battery-powered ice re-surfacer that creates no exhaust fumes and heat, and zero emissions.

For public skaters, The Rink offers a unique ‘pay as you skate’ concept. The first skating rink to integrate the automated Octopus system, the Rink has an ‘open rink’ design concept without a ticket selling booth at the main entrance. Skaters enter the rink with their Octopus Cars and pay by the minute. Parents accompanying junior skaters can enter the back of house area freely to watch or assist their children. Apart from the short duration taken to resurface the ice, the rink does not operate on fixed time sessions, but rather opens throughout to ensure that skaters have the most flexible access anytime during the day.

For those who care about the environment and yet have a passion for ice skating, The Rink is the place to enjoy the next spin and a truly memorable skating experience that promises fun, freedom and convenience.

The Rink is part of the Chickeeduck children wear group. AST is the European market leader in artificial ice rinks and swimming pool solar heating systems. Every year AST installs more that 120 ice rink projects, including major events like "Winter Olympic Games" in Torino, Ice Hockey World Championship in Switzerland, Ice Dancing Championships in Germany, etc.