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Naturals Training Scholarships Awarded

The Kirby Apprentice Fund is proud to announce the winners of our Naturals Training Scholarship program. The level of entries was outstanding with applying apprentices demonstrating a passion for natural refrigerant system solutions.

Those that were successful demonstrated an eagerness to attain additional trade accreditation and stay abreast of natural refrigerant technology.

Applications were received from around the country. Apprentices from the following organisations were successful in their applications;

Alliance Victoria Refrigeration, Amertec Refrigeration Pty Ltd, Central West Refrigeration Pty Ltd, Channon Refrigeration, Control Air SA/NT, Coolabah Cooling Services, Cooma Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Gordon Brothers Industries, MB Group Solutions, Murray Heating & Cooling, Precise Air Group.

Scholarship recipients will be welcomed to the Sydney Beijer Ref Academy in March, 2022 to complete their ARC Green Scheme Accreditation and supporting application training at the Beijer Ref Academy.

Kirby would like to sincerely thank ARC, Refrigerants Australia, AIRAH and Emerson Climate Technologies for their support of the Kirby Apprentice Fund Scholarship program.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone that applied.

Kirby Smart@ccess Features Release

As part of its roadmap of continuous improvement, Kirby Smart@ccess now includes additional features to improve user experience. The upgrades begin with a new customer dashboard.

The new dashboard provides at-a-glance information on;

  • Kirby HVAC Partner Program
  • Account Balances
  • System Notices and Announcements
  • New Products
  • Recent Activity

Products can now be ordered for DELIVERY as well as Click and Collect. As an introductory offer we’re offering Free Delivery* on online orders for the month of October.

The following conditions apply;

  • Applies to local freight orders, including all day, overnight airbag and standard road deliveries
  • Excludes capital equipment and hard drawn copper
  • Excludes courier delivery services
  • Valid from 4th Oct to 30th Oct, 2021

Kirby Select / Quick Select has been updated, with new product information across the following ranges;

  • Polar Pack Range
  • Titan Range
  • WRC Range
  • Copeland ZX Condensing Units

Plus a few other updates;

  • Pricing File Requests will now be available in either Excel or CSV, as well as filtering
  • Our online catalogue now shows the product brand on many items.
  • New sort by options in product catalogue pages – Product Code (default), Popularity, Release Date and Brand

We hope you enjoy the regular updates and improvements to our Smart@ccess platform. If you are not yet registered, we invite you to register now.

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 Natural Refrigerants 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 acquires Armcor Air Solutions

In a move that further diversifies Beijer Ref’s portfolio within Australia, we are pleased to share news of the 100% acquisition of Victorian based climate and ventilation solutions business, Armcor Air Solutions.

The acquisition allows Beijer Ref to strengthen its ability to provide a complete suite of HVAC equipment, extending on the wide residential and light commercial packages currently being offered through its wholesale businesses. It also provides Beijer Ref with new competencies and access to a segment that they have not been present in, until now.

Armcor Air Solutions is a specialist in energy efficient fresh air solutions and energy-recovery systems and will be well supported by Beijer Ref’s local and international expertise and continued investment in advancing environmentally friendly solutions across evolving market segments.

Beijer Ref welcomes into the group a committed team and highly regarded business that features a local manufacturing facility and 37 staff based at the company’s main facility in Broadmeadows, Victoria.
Armcor Air Solutions will continue to operate under its current structure and under the direction of Kirby Sales and Marketing Manager Brett Hedge.

Wayne Ferguson, Managing Director Beijer Ref Australia, comments:

“This acquisition is one that is very exciting for Beijer Ref Australia as we take on a successful family operation to build on its capabilities and extend its compelling product offer to more customers nationally.”

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.