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Kirby and Beijer Ref Australia revolutionise operations

Beijer Ref businesses, Kirby and Beijer Ref Australia revolutionise operations with a new purpose-built facility in Bankstown Airport, NSW.

Kirby and Beijer Ref Australia have committed to a 10-year lease on a new $48 million purpose-built industrial property at Altitude, Bankstown Airport, NSW. The Beijer Ref Australian businesses have partnered with specialist property and supply chain firm TM Insight on the design, property procurement and delivery of the new facility. The development is managed by Altis Property Partners, and owned by Bankstown Airport Limited.

The new 22,000-square-metre purpose built manufacturing and distribution centre on Tower Rd, Bankstown Airport will be situated on a 40,000-square-metre site area. It will include 1,400-square-metres of office space for both business's Australian headquarters.

Paul Campbell, Director of Operations at Kirby, says, “This new facility will help us to deliver our business strategies and objectives in Australia, acting as our main manufacturing facility, distribution centre and corporate headquarters.”

“We needed a proven technical partner who could guide us from design and concept to commissioning, and moving in. TM Insight’s experience in end-to-end design, property procurement and delivery solution helped us bring our vision to life,” he adds.

Kirby and Beijer Ref Australia worked alongside TM Insight to review their operational requirements, design a bespoke supply chain solution and select the location for the new site. TM Insight will now project manage the building of the new facility with Altis Property Partners.

The new purpose-built facility will revolutionise Kirby and Beijer Ref Australia’s operations and propel both into the future as they upgrade from Kirby’s current campus-style premises in Milperra, which was built in the 1960s. Bankstown Airport is a prime location for the business, due to its close proximity to the M5 and M7 motorways and local amenities.

The new development will enhance the service offer to customers and allow for greater operational efficiencies by consolidating the workplace into a single building with sustainable practices.

Key features of the new distribution centre include a 5-star green star design, which will include a 250 kilowatt solar panel installation and a 50,000 litre rainwater harvesting system.

Lee de Winton, CEO Sydney Metro Airports said she was delighted to welcome Kirby and Beijer Ref Australia to the new Altitude Precinct. This is part of the airport strategy to grow employment in the area to meet the needs of the vibrant, expanding Western Sydney community.

Joseph Ajaka, Project Director at Altis Property Partners, says, “We are excited to kick off Altitude with Kirby, a brand with strong ties to the South Western industrial market, that will take advantage of being located within the inner ring of Sydney”.

Kirby was acquired by Beijer Ref AB in May 2018. The new facility will be one of Beijer Ref’s global showpieces, and is expected to be operational by November 2020.

Kirby Guardian - Next GEN Evaporators

Kirby Guardian represents our next-generation evaporator offering, transitioning from the historical Series 9000 range. 

Specifically designed for low GWP refrigerants, the Guardian range includes advanced engineering features to provide a solution for improved efficiency, protection against food loss and wastage, and reduced energy costs.

The secret of Kirby Guardian’s performance lies in our Series 9 coil, which thanks to its innovative design and use of sine wave technology produces a larger heat exchange surface area. This significantly improves the efficiency of the unit, reducing overall energy consumption and lowering greenhouse emissions - both making a valuable contribution to the bottom line.

The Kirby Guardian family includes:

Standard Low Temperature & Medium Temperature

  • Featuring the advanced Series 9 coil design and suitable for use with next-generation, low GWP refrigerants, Kirby Guardian builds on a tradition of innovation and engineering excellence to deliver a flexible solution for a variety of applications.

Low Frost Low Temperature & Medium Temperature

  • Specifically designed for tropical locations with high humidity, Kirby Guardian Ultra features optimized fin spacing and circuiting which reduces the amount of moisture that is removed while cooling the air, further improving resistance to ice formation.

Standard Low Temperature & Medium Temperature with Electronic Superheat Controller

  • Incorporating the game-changing Carel EVD ice electronic superheat controller and unipolar expansion valves, Kirby Guardian Ready Connect delivers improved refrigeration performance and energy utilization while at the same time being easy to commission (models available Q1, 2020).



Kirby launch a next generation of evaporators

Designed in Australia, the Kirby® Guardian range represents the next-generation in evaporators incorporating advanced engineering and innovative features to meet the future requirements of the refrigeration industry.

The range is specifically designed for next-generation, low GWP refrigerants, including R450A, R448A, R449A and R513A.

A key feature of the Kirby® Guardian range is the advanced Series 9 coil design that produces additional capacity, more stable room conditions, reduced frost accumulation and more efficient air defrost, through the use of sine wave technology and a larger surface area. The result is greater efficiencies and lower cost of ownership.

Kirby® Guardian’s efficient design is further supported by Ziehl-Abegg owlet fan blade technology that achieves larger air volumes, optimal flow properties and improved noise ratings. Easy access panels and a fully reversible drain pan complete an exciting new range that is everything you have come to trust in Kirby.

Further extensions in the Kirby® Guardian range are soon to be released, including Kirby® Guardian Ultra, Kirby® Guardian Ready Connect and Kirby® Guardian Ecocool, with models to suit a variety of specialised applications.

For more information, contact Kirby on 13 23 50.

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MHIAA hosted training day for Kirby sales team

Kirby NSW sales staff were pleased to attend a recent Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia (MHIAA) training and development meeting at the manufacturer's Innovation Park, a new training facility at Regents Park.

Designed to strengthen awareness of MHIAA’s wide range of product offerings and product training opportunities, Kirby staff were able to view the capabilities of the facility and were provided with more information on the MHI product range. The training session featured presentations from various staff, including members from the MHIAA R&D Department, Technical Sales Department and other business areas.

Kirby Australia is one of MHIAA’s long-standing key customer groups and has been on a same growth journey that MHIAA has been on over the years. The training day was a resounding success for both Kirby and MHIAA and we look forward to further partnership opportunities.

Contact your local Kirby branch for stock and pricing information.

Introducing Freddox

Beijer Ref, global leader in the refrigeration and HVAC industry, introduces a new exclusive label to the HVAC&R market.

Freddox will be exclusively distributed throughout all Beijer Ref businesses, including all Kirby branches across Australia.

The Freddox brand will mark a variety of HVAC&R installation and parts lines with the initial release in Australia to include fire rated pair coil and standard pair coil.
Kirby together with Beijer Ref is committed to working with supply partners that bring operational excellence to the HVAC&R industry to provide unsurpassed value, convenience and confidence for its customers.

All products distributed under the Freddox brand across Australia and New Zealand are designed and manufactured to the relevant Australian and NZ Standards.
Freddox fire rated pair coil is rated to AS/NZS 1530.3 for BCA Class 2-9 and is R410A and R32 compliant.

Contact your Kirby branch for more details.