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Kirby Apprentice Fund Training Scholarships

The Kirby Apprentice Fund is celebrating its 2nd year anniversary with the announcement of Training Scholarships to promote the use of natural refrigerants.

The Naturals Training Scholarships offered by Kirby will be available to 4th year apprentices registered in the Kirby Apprentice Fund who want to further their trade knowledge with an understanding of naturals refrigerants.

The scholarship will facilitate apprentices attending a 3-day Naturals Training Experience consisting of ARC CO2 Green Scheme Accreditation and a day of practical systems exposure at the Sydney based, Beijer Ref Training Academy.

Beijer Ref brand and communications manager, Elizabeth Paparo says apprentices will benefit from a unique opportunity where they can combine classroom theory with safe and controlled, practical systems exposure.

“It is gratifying for Kirby as a business to be able to give back to our industry and support apprentices in this way. Beijer Ref is committed to advancing the growth of naturals technology, so this provides a means of educating technicians during their apprenticeship years.”

“As part of the Year 2 celebrations all registered Kirby Apprentice Fund apprentices will also receive some free CPS trade tools and additional tools support.”

The Kirby Apprentice Fund was established in 2019 as a way of supporting industry apprentices and strengthen the technical skills of the HVAC&R industry. Kirby raises funds through various programs and use those funds to provide trade tools and skills development opportunities.

Scholarship applications are now open and close 31 August 2021.

 

Beijer Ref opens industry first Flagship Store

Kirby and Beijer Ref Australia are proud to welcome customers to their new flagship store, located at the company’s headquarters at 2 Kirby Place, Bankstown Aerodrome.

Australia’s first HVAC&R flagship store showcases the company’s own brand of Kirby and Patton equipment, plus leading products and technology from key supply partners of Beijer Ref Australia and Kirby.

This market-leading approach brings a new level of wholesale experience to the industry. Speaking on behalf of Beijer Ref, Elizabeth Paparo, brand and communications manager commented;

“The store is unique to any other branch in our combined network. Customers will be able to purchase products using either their Beijer Ref Australia or Kirby account.”

“Technicians and business owners can view a broader range of product that they may not see at their regular branch and do it in a modern, interactive space.”

As part of the store format, Beijer Ref has included an interactive tech bar, live product displays and a welcoming in-store café.

The store will host a Grand Opening Trade Night on 22nd April from 4-7pm. Suppliers will be in attendance to demonstrate products and giveaways, trade night specials and hospitality will also be included. Customers are invited to register at https://bit.ly/2Q7jdDO.

Branch manager, Iain Viviani looks forward to welcoming and serving customers in-store. Operating hours are 7:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, or contact the store on 02 9774 7380.

IWD2021 Debra Shojaee

Debra Shojaee – Branch Leader, Kirby Jandakot

Kirby InsPost

How long have you been with Kirby and what do you love most about your role with Kirby?

I have been at Kirby for just over eight years, including two blocks of Maternity leave. What I really love about my role is being able to interact with a wide variety of people who are passionate about the industry we work in. Also learning about the HVAC&R trade and challenging myself every day.

What does International Womens Day mean to you?

International women's day serves as a very important reminder to the world how far women have come, but also how far we have to go towards gender equity in the workplace.

How can this year's theme of "Choose to Challenge" be applied to our daily lives?

We should always uplift, support and encourage each other to speak up and be the best version of ourselves.

Why should other young women join the HVACR industry?

Not only will it bring more gender equity to the workplace, but it's also a great industry to work in with so many opportunities to learn and grow.

IWD2021 Anthea Walker

Anthea Walker – Customer Service Representative, Kirby Wingfield

How long have you been with Kirby and what do you love most about your role?

I started with F.C. Lovelock back in 1978, and have been through several changes in ownership. When I started we were a completely manual organization to an organization that is now Internet based. The refrigeration and air-conditioning industry has also gone through transitions with changes in refrigerant. I have had the opportunity to have roles in many different facets of the business which has enabled me to have a good grounding of how the business operates. I enjoy the daily interaction with customers and the opportunity to learn and develop.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International Women’s Day means recognizing the contribution of women in business and that we have something valuable to contribute.

How can this year's theme of "Choose to Challenge" be applied to our daily lives?

“Choose to Challenge” is a great theme, as we should always be looking at ways to challenge ourselves in both our work lives and private lives. This is the way we grow as a person and enrich our lives and those around us.

Why should other women join the HVACR industry?

The HVACR industry has been a predominantly a male dominated industry, but the women that have been coming through as technicians have enhanced the industry and with more women taking on the challenge can only improve the experience. The industry offers many opportunities.

 

SCM REF AU Committed to Sustainability

Beijer Ref’s Australian manufacturing operation, SCM REF Australia has completed its relocation into their new purpose-built facility at Bankstown, Sydney. This investment leaves the organisation well positioned to build on its growing success throughout 2021, particularly in the sustainability sector.

During 2020 under the combined Beijer Ref umbrella, Kirby & Beijer Ref Australia consolidated its local leadership in the important sustainability sector. This included delivery of over 20 transcritical CO2 systems, over 20 subcritical CO2/low GWP systems and 2 ammonia systems.

The team is now well underway completing the first transcritical CO2 system at the new plant.

“Market acceptance for natural refrigerants in Australia continues to grow year on year”, says sales manager, Inderpal Saund. “There is increased confidence from clients in what they will receive and increased confidence in the technician’s skill during commissioning.”

“The breadth of our manufacturing capability lies in the strength of our global supply partnerships and the depth of refrigeration experience within our local sales, engineering and production technicians.”

The core sales team consists of Inderpal Saund, Douglas Herkess and Jason Pearce and customers will continue to benefit from their accessibility and local market expertise.

“As part of the global Beijer Ref and SCM REF group, we have access to world-class components, technology and CO2 systems know-how, giving us the ability to deliver world-class natural solutions.”

Together with head of manufacturing, Paul Campbell the team looks forward to working closer with the SCM Frigo and SCM REF global partners to further strengthen capability and service the growing demand within the food retail and industrial sectors.

Contact the Beijer Ref Group for more information.

 

SCM REF Australia Core Team
Left to Right: Wayne Ferguson (MD), Inderpal Saund (Sales Manager), Jason Pearce (Commercial Sales Engineer),
Paul Campbell (Director of Operations), Doug Herkess (Commercial Sales Engineer), John Lin (Commercial Sales Engineer),
John Morgan (Production Manager)