ARBS Industry Awards Finalist - CO2 Systems Training Course
The CO2 Systems Training Course designed and delivered by the Beijer Ref companies - Kirby and SCM Frigo has delivered a significant industry contribution by providing HVAC&R technicians an accessible and free means of gaining practical and relevant CO2 refrigerant and systems knowledge.
The CO2 Systems Training course was developed with the purpose to keep building the technical expertise and confidence amongst HVAC&R technicians - to drive acceptance of the technology further. As one of global leading providers of temperature control solutions, Beijer Ref is committed to energy efficient solutions that are safe for the planet.
Attendants come away with a better understanding of safe CO2 working practices, a better understanding of critical points vs HFC systems and more confidence in servicing and maintaining CO2 transcritical and subcritical systems.
Over the timeframe of 16 months, Kirby and SCM Frigo successfully delivered over 158 hours of training hours and trained 230 industry technicians. Being an internally developed and delivered course has allowed the format to remain adaptable to meet specific customer needs and deliverability to remain largely on demand.
At the time of launch, no other Australian OEM, technology provider or wholesaler had embarked on this level of face to face CO2 training in Australia. The development and delivery of the course has been industry thought provoking – challenging the concept of supplier vs institution based training.
ARBS Industry Awards Finalist - Kirby Smart Access Gas2Go Cylinder Management
The Kirby Smart@ccess Cylinder Management Gas2Go APP is the first cylinder management app of its kind to include leak test alerts, which notify users when their refrigerant cylinders are due for leak testing. As we progress through the HFC refrigerant phase-down, tools such as this which alert business owners of leak test requirements and improved tracking are imperative to compliance reporting and minimising environmental impact.
This dynamic tool provides benefits to companies of all sizes managing their cylinder fleet, minimising relative risk in their business. As the APP seamlessly integrates with the web platform, service managers can also benefit from the detail that is entered by technicians making the platform scalable. The system now suits everyone from a sole trader through to larger organisations with any number of technicians in the field.
The recent developments made to the Smart@ccess Project Tools platform (Projects 2.0) allow users to build large multi-systems within a single project, create multiple loads within a single system and have easier access to the heat load calculator through the quick selection functionality.
As a complete customer portal and cylinder management tool, Kirby Smart@ccess remains unsurpassed within the HVACR industry. The program has been on a consistent path of development and feature enhancement to maximise its benefits and useability and remain unique in a competitive digital market.
To gain access to the industry recognised tool, contact your local Kirby branch or apply here.
Beijer Ref carries out acquisition in Australia
The global refrigeration wholesaler Beijer Ref AB has signed an agreement to acquire all shares in the Australian HVAC company ACD Trade.
ACD Trade is a leading HVAC distribution company in Australia with around 60 employees. The company supplies the market with well-known brands and has a wide range of products, which includes both HVAC units and components. Sales are made through a distribution network of nine branches. Annual sales amount to approximately SEK 540 million. Beijer Ref acquires ACD Holding Company Pty Ltd. from Cliplight US Holdings, Inc.
The Group is already present in Australia through Beijer Ref Australia and Kirby HVAC&R. The acquisition strengthens the Group’s presence in the Asia Pacific region and especially in
Australia. Total sales in APAC is estimated to reach 3 billion SEK after the acquisition corresponding to 20 percent out of Beijer Ref´s total sale.
Per Bertland, CEO Beijer Ref, comments:
“Australia is an important market for us, and it is pleasing that we found an opportunity to grow further. ACD Trade is a well-managed and fast-growing company that will add value to our group in the form of an expanded customer base and a broader product range within HVAC.“
The parties have signed a binding agreement today and completion is scheduled for 31 January, 2020. ACD Trade will continue in its existing form and will be included in the company’s accounts from 1 February, 2020. The acquisition is not expected to affect the Group’s earnings or financial position significantly but is estimated to produce long-term positive effects on both sales and earnings.
Come see us at ARBS
Kirby - STAND 429
Kirby is preparing for another showstopper presence at ARBS 2020. As your leading HVAC&R wholesaler we will showcase our latest products, tools and brands amidst a stand that demonstrates the strength of the Beijer Ref Group across the APAC region.
Kirby Marketing Manager, Brett Hedge commented;
“With over 60 branches across Australia we are well positioned to deliver the latest technology, HVAC&R equipment and business tools to the market. We are strengthened by an experienced engineering and support team within our business, and together with our valued supply partners offer a broad and complete range of tools and wholesale components to the industry. Our presence at ARBS will showcase these strengths.”
Amidst a framework of global agreements aimed at phasing out the climate-impacting refrigerants, we are committed to leading the market with solutions that minimise carbon footprint.
“Through our Kirby brand and manufacturing facility in Sydney, NSW we manufacture and distribute world-class refrigeration systems designed for natural refrigerants and we can customise a variety of refrigeration solutions for our customers. We look forward to showcasing this technology to the industry.”
Leading brands Lennox, Gas2Go and the smart@ccess online portal with app will also be on display, together with the best and latest from our supply partners.
“We invite all visitors to visit Kirby on Stand 429 at ARBS. Our greatest strength lies in our people and they will be ready and eager to discuss our equipment and service offers.”
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.