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2019 Skillaroo Patrick Brennan vows to stay cool at the WorldSkills International Championships

Extract WorldSkills Australia Media Release 8 August 2019

South West QLD’S Patrick Brennan is one of the most skilled WorldSkills competitiors that the competition has ever seen. His study at TAFE QLD, alongside the support and on-the-job training from his employer Tony Stephens Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, put Patrick in a great position to takeaway a Gold Medal from the WorldSkills Australia National Championships 2018. Soon after, he not only won a Gold medal at the WorldSkills Australia Global Skills Challenge 2019, but also was awarded ‘Best in Nation’.

As part of the Skillaroos team, Patrick is a month away from the 45th WorldSkills International Championship. The culturally diverse and historically significant city of Kazan will host this year’s exciting international event.

“There is no greater honour or feeling of pride in your country than having the opportunity to represent your country on the world stage. To gain selection in the Skillaroo’s team and to represent Australia is a great honour and I will give everything I have and more to make my family, my friends, my work place, my town and my country proud.”

Patrick’s journey has been guided by long-time WorldSkills volunteer, Carl Balke. Carl has given almost two decades of this spare time to WorldSkills helping run competitions at a regional and national level as well as mentoring countless students. All this is on top of this work as a lecturer at TAFE Qld in Brisbane.

Patrick’s WorldSkills journey is generously supported by Kirby - WorldSkills Australia official Gold Partner, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.

Brett Hedge, Sales and Marketing Manager says;

"On behalf of the team at Kirby and the entire HVAC&R industry, I wish Patrick continued success in Russia. As the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning category sponsor we are extremely proud of Patrick and couldn’t have asked for a better ambassador to represent our trade on the world stage.”

Patrick is also an ambassador for the Kirby Apprentice Fund.

Introducing Freddox, a new private label for Beijer Ref

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 both the Kirby and Beijer Ref Australia networks 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.

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.

Kirby signs distribution agreement for Viper Chemicals

Kirby is excited to announce a partnership with the SuperCool Group of Companies for the national distribution of Refrigeration Technologies ‘Viper’ HVACR maintenance chemicals.

All Kirby stores have been refreshed with increased stock of the Viper chemicals range, including Viper coil cleaners, the original Big Blu micro leak detectors and application tools, with range expansion to continue.

To support product in store, all Kirby branch and field staff are equipped with the training and resources to guide technicians on the best product selection to suit each application.

The Viper chemical range delivers superior performance without hazardous ingredients. The range is entirely non-toxic, NSF and EPA certified for use in and around food processing areas, and most importantly, technician SAFE.

“This is an exciting time for all and the timing is right,” says Jon Mitchell, SuperCool Group general manager. “SuperCool has enjoyed a long relationship with the Kirby business as Heatcraft. As Kirby embarks on new beginnings under the Beijer Group, we are pleased to join the journey with them.”

Brett Hedge, Kirby sales and marketing manager agrees. “As a leading wholesale business, we look to align ourselves with best in class, forward thinking suppliers. SuperCool with the Refrigeration Technologies Viper range provides that for us. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with customers already using the Viper product range and new customers taking it up through the Kirby branch network.”


Kirby Apprentice Fund, Strengthening Our Trade

As an exciting industry initiative, Kirby announces the formation of the Kirby Apprentice Fund, established to support apprentices and strengthen the technical skills of the HVAC&R industry.

The company will begin to raise funds through various programs and use those funds to provide trade tools and skills development training to industry apprentices.

The fund will be launched on World Refrigeration Day, June 26. All supporters will have the opportunity to purchase a Kirby T-shirt for $10 from a Kirby branch, with all profits directed to the Kirby Apprentice Fund. The trade t-shirts carry the message, ‘strengthening our trade’ - the essence of the fund’s purpose.

In addition, Kirby account customers will have the opportunity to contribute a voluntary refrigerant levy to the fund, which will also be fully invested back into the industry for the provision of tools and training.

While the Kirby Apprentice Fund will be launched on WRD, the fund and fund-raising programs will continue and expand into the future. To maximise opportunities from the fund, all HVAC&R trade apprentices are encouraged to register their details

Supporting apprentices is a tradition that has long been part of the Kirby history. For over 20 years, Kirby has been the official Gold Partner, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning of WorldSkills Australia.

One and all are invited to head to their local Kirby branch on June 26, where they will be able to purchase a Kirby T-shirt and in doing so, support the future of the HVAC&R industry.


Heatcraft Australia rebrands to Kirby

Heatcraft announces a new trading name and logo as part of an Australia wide rebrand. The Heatcraft business will now be known as Kirby.

The rebrand is an evolution of the acquisition of Heatcraft Australia by Beijer Ref in April 2018. The new logo Kirby - A Beijer Ref Company, unifies the business with the global Beijer Ref Group and carries forward the heritage of the Kirby brand, established in Australia since 1924.

Heatcraft has been a leading force in the industry since 2004. It built its success on a foundation of product innovation and the strength of its people from the merger of the former Kirby and Lovelocks wholesale businesses to today. As a Beijer Ref Company, Kirby will continue its commitment to quality and innovation, making the appropriate investments to expand capability and increase total market share.

As one of the largest refrigeration wholesalers in Australia, Kirby will continue to service its customers through its distribution network of over 60 outlets. Over the coming 12 months, all Heatcraft store fronts will undergo a rebrand to Kirby.

The new Kirby business will continue to operate alongside the Group’s Beijer Ref Australia operation as two independent businesses and Kirby will continue to distribute and promote its exclusive brands including Kirby Refrigeration Equipment, Lennox HVAC Equipment, Gas2Go and smart@ccess alongside the extensive range of other leading brands.