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The Heatcraft Transcritical journey continues

Extract from Accelerate Australia & NZ / Winter 2018

Woolworths has commissioned its second transcritical CO2 system at a new store in Wadalba, New South Wales. The retailer sourced the Kirby eCOBoost system from Heatcraft, which met the technical brief.

The recently supplied transcritical rack from Heatcraft was not only an opportunity to deliver a fully integrated system, but to also reduce commissioning time by working together with WRI.

"We were able to use our in-house engineering and design capability to evolve the Kirby ‘Ready Connect’ switchboard to meet the specific requirements of the Woolworths E-Spec," says Heatcraft Segment Engineer Douglas Herkess.

"Heatcraft invited the Woolworths commissioning team to the Milperra facility during dry-testing and pre-commissioning to observe and complete the testing with the Heatcraft team. This was an important step for the commissioning team to have a complete understanding of the system being delivered prior to its arrival on site," Herkess says.

The Milperra visit provided the opportunity to fine-tune the system and problem-solve in a factory environment, which ultimately reduced the on-site commissioning time. “We’re very pleased with the end result,” Herkess says.

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The Rising Stars of Heatcraft

Heatcraft is proud to be well represented in the CCN Live 2018 HVAC&R Leadership Awards, which recognise the pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs that drive the HVACR industry into the future.

Heatcraft has two team members nominated in the Rising Star category and one QLD Account Manager nominated in the Category of HVACR Woman of the Year.

Luke Kasapolli, Gnangara Branch Leader and Jamie le Grange, Underwood (Acting) Branch Leader are both finalists in the Male and Female Rising Star Categories, respectively. This category recognises future or current champions who have either risen quickly through the ranks, or significantly contributed to a project, product, research or program that is making a positive difference.

In contention for the Woman of the Year award is Katrina Smith, QLD Account Manager. The Woman of the Year in HVAC&R award recognises the successful career of a woman working in HVAC&R. The winner has demonstrated excellence in her field, and is a source of inspiration for other women.

All nominees are humbled and honoured to have been nominated. CCN Editor, Sandra Van Dijk commented on the growth of the awards year on year.

“There were a record number of entries for the Woman of the Year in HVACR Award. This led to a total of seven finalists for this category, which is unusually high.”

Heatcraft Vice President/General Manager, Damian Mackey commented;

“We are extremely proud of all our nominees. They work to high standards of excellence which is demonstrated in the branches they lead and customers they serve. All three make our business better through their efforts. They are a pleasure to work with and I wish them good luck with the awards.”

The HVAC Leadership Awards winners will be announced at the CCN L!VE 2018 half-day conference being held on 11th October at the Arts Centre in Melbourne.

Heatcraft Branches Winter Trading Hours

Effective Saturday 14th July 2018, the following Heatcraft branches ONLY will be trading Saturdays;

NSW - Waterloo, Silverwater
VIC - West Melbourne
SA Brompton, Wingfield

We will extend the trading hours of more Heatcraft branches over the summer months to support your business needs during these busier periods. We will continue to notify you as these changes occur.

Please note that we continue to offer our 24/7 Access to Parts service*. We understand access to parts is critical for operational continuity so for this reason, day or night, our team is available should an emergency part or replacement item be required. Contact your local branch on 13 23 50 (* Call out fees apply).


QLD   No Saturday Trading    
NSW   Waterloo and Silverwater   8am – 12pm
VIC   West Melbourne   8am – 12pm
SA   Brompton and Wingfield   8am – 12pm
WA   No Saturday Trading    
NT   No Saturday Trading    
TAS   No Saturday Trading    

Heatcraft appoints Marketing Manager - HVAC & R Equipment

Heatcraft has appointed Kirk Buckley to the role of Marketing Manager, HVAC & Refrigeration Equipment.

Sydney based Buckley joins Heatcraft with over 10 years’ experience in various marketing, communications, strategy and technology roles across various industrial markets. He previously served as Group Marketing Manager for Bromic Group, a manufacturer and distributor of engineered products. In this role he was responsible for leading the company’s marketing strategy and execution across four business units.

In collaboration with Heatcraft leadership, Buckley will continue to drive the strategic direction of the Lennox HVAC and Kirby Refrigeration equipment portfolios through new product development and business tools to drive market penetration.

“In a world that is getting increasingly smaller, with much more access to information and a variety of consumer options, the key for Heatcraft is to continue to remain the first choice business partner. Through quality, reliable and readily available product across our national branch network, we’ll continue to provide greater customer experience to drive success, both for ourselves and our customers.”

“In addition, we have some exciting new residential HVAC products about to launch that we’re confident will meet expectations, so watch this space.”

Buckley holds a Bachelor of Economics from The University of Sydney and Postgraduate qualifications in Commerce from The University of Sydney.

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Heatcraft announces CO2 Systems Training

Heatcraft is pleased to announce its first round of industry CO2 training will commence in August, 2018. The training is open to refrigeration contactors and consultants who are interested in specifying, selling, installing, commissioning and servicing CO2 systems.

The content will provide first-hand experience for all participants to gain an understanding of CO2 Refrigeration technologies providing hassle-free installation, start-up and operation.

The application training will be provided by Heatcraft subject experts at the Heatcraft Milperra, NSW training facility. Attendees will also receive product application training and first hand installation tips through technological and commercial partners.

Lead presenter and course coordinator Douglas Herkess (Heatcraft, Segment Engineer) commented;

“Whilst there will be a significant focus on Transcritical CO2 technology our goal is to position this training allowing knowledge building for all levels of contractors that are considering the use of CO2 refrigeration systems.”

“We are in a unique position at Heatcraft to be able to reach out to facilitate training through our extensive customer base of contractors. We have a local manufacturing facility where we can demonstrate processes and configurations and we have local experts to share the knowledge.”

“We have been designing and manufacturing CO2/134a Cascade Racks since 2009, so we have extensive experience and a comprehensive program that we can roll-out.”

“We are excited to be embarking on our first training session and will schedule ongoing courses dependent upon customer interest.”

Contractors or consultants interested in attending should forward their expression of interest to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact their Heatcraft representative on 13 23 50.