Australia's biggest refrigeration and air conditioning wholesaler, Actrol, has continued to expand its footprint over the past 12 months with its latest branch opening in Port Melbourne, Victoria.
With 63 branches across Australia, Actrol boasts strong technical backup and the broadest product range in the country.
Actrol's business development manager, Andrew Leach, said the Reece Group acquisition has strengthened the Actrol organisation and provided it with a long term roadmap and future.
“Even with 63 dedicated Actrol branches we are still growing. Add to that network Reece's 31 HVACR branches and 12 Metalflex branches and its a massive footprint,” he said.
“In total, customers actually have access to the entire product range from more than 570 Reece outlets all at the same price. No matter where you are in the country there's a branch ready to assist near you and they are happy to deliver if that's preferred.”
Due to the size of the network Actrol can guarantee stock availability. Actrol has the benefit of utilising the Reece Group's enormous warehouses.
For example, the national distribution centre covers more than 50,000 m2 and this is assisted with four more state based distribution centres that in total cover more than 125,000 m2 – that's seven MCG's.
Leach said that at the heart of the Actrol business is the dedicated staff who have a wealth of industry knowledge.
“We are proud of our staff, many who are long term employees with a wealth of industry knowledge that only comes with time,” he said.
“Actrol sees the need for a dedicated engineering service readily available to the industry and has strategically placed qualified and industry experienced engineering staff across the branch network.
“These specialists cover a range of technical aspects from selecting correct replacement parts or repairing a system to upgrades and retrofits and of course engineering a new system, big or small.”
Leach said the company boasts the biggest and best products and this year introduced two new ground breaking technologies, EVD-ice and the MaxiPro press fittings.
“With the strength of a near 600 branch operation turning over more than $2.3 billion dollars in FY2016, everybody benefits,” he said.
“To ensure Actrol remained the leading supplier of refrigerant to the trade, an independent cylinder filling plant called ARP was commissioned in 2008.
“Holding in excess of 250 tonnes in bulk and filling a massive cylinder circuit Actrol sources its refrigerants from all of the world’s biggest manufacturers giving customers the biggest and best choices.”
Actrol's website is dedicated to giving its customers easy access to a broad range of details from product literature and specific technical data to updates in regulations and upcoming events.
Also to assist customers with the everyday management of purchases, payments, cylinder rentals, refrigerant usage, and other key management tasks Actrol was the first to introduce a b2b portal. called Solutions Online.
Leach said Actrol has big plans for the future with the company continuing to work closely with component manufacturers from around the globe to bring the leading edge technologies to market.
“Future growth in Actrol and the Reece Group will bring additional services to your door. There is still so much more that can be done,” he said.