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A History of Actrol

During the 1930's, new refrigeration and air conditioning units were being invented and the first sealed refrigeration unit was manufactured.  By the end of the 1930's almost 100% of Australian households had some form of refrigeration and the air-conditioning era had begun.  In this climate a store owner in Brisbane, Mr. Phillip H. Phillips branched into the supply of refrigeration and air conditioning parts.

Phillips' companies flourished, due largely to their emphasis on customer service, reliability and expertise.

Rapid market expansion led Ray Inns of Adelaide and Jeff Reidy of Melbourne to consider establishing a national network of independent dealerships.

In 1955 R.E. Inns Ltd. opened in Adelaide (with Phillips and Reidy's support) followed in 1961 by J.F.Reidy's Pty. Ltd. in Melbourne.  The Phillips, Inns and Reidy union firmly established the group of independent wholesalers.  1965 saw Joe Doyle Pty. Ltd. open in Sydney.  Nation-wide status followed in 1970 via acquisition of both Hobart and Perth businesses.

1979 saw Actrol become a part of Repco resulting in the opening of many new branches around the country.  Actrol's then parent company Repco began to shed its assets in 1985 and in 1986 Actrol was procured by Gold Securities Australia (GSA Ltd) becoming once again a private owned identity.

With a solid capital foundation and the allegiance of many of the world's biggest and most renowned suppliers, Actrol was in a very strong position.  Growth continued for the next 25 years under GSA to result in Australia's largest private wholesaler to the refrigeration and air conditioning industry with national coverage incorporating 49 branches.  At this point Actrol had clearly demonstrated its abilities to service the market, retaining exclusive distribution rights for some of the world's biggest suppliers, and having long and mutual relationships with the very best equipment manufacturers worldwide.

May 2010 saw Actrol commence a new chapter in its journey. Ownership was exchanged into the competent hands of Catalyst Investment Pty Ltd.  The change saw Actrol in a position to further expand and strengthen its relationships with both customer and supplier.  Within two years Actrol had enhanced its coverage by increasing its branch network to 60.  Further changes and upgrades to the business helped to keep Actrol at the forefront and set new standards in customer service.

In February 2014 Actrol was purchased by Reece Australia Limited providing an exciting opportunity to further enhance its reputation as the pre-eminent wholesaler within the refrigeration, air conditioning and allied industries.