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History

Heatcraft Australia maintains an enviable and proud history in the Australian refrigeration and air conditioning industries. Heatcraft Australia was formed following the purchase of two of Australia's most powerful refrigeration wholesale distribution companies;

  • Lovelocks was acquired in 1998
  • Kirby was acquired in 1999

Kirby history dates back to 1923 where James N Kirby founded a small motorcycle repair business that, by the 1940's, diversified into a major manufacturer of refrigeration compressors and units selling to OEM and wholesale markets. Kirby made the move into refrigeration wholesaling in 1985.

Lovelocks history began in 1934 when Fred Lovelock formed F.C. Lovelock, becoming the first refrigeration wholesaler in the country. In 1991 Lovelock Luke, as they were known, merged with Email Air giving a broad refrigeration and air conditioning portfolio.

In 2004 Lovelocks and Kirby Wholesale commenced trading as Heatcraft.