In 1930's the era of refrigeration and air conditioning begun with over 90% of households containing some sort of refrigeration or air conditioning unit. Seeing an opportunity in the Australian market, Phillip H. Phillips expanded his general store to include the supply of refrigeration and air conditioning parts.
Focusing on customer service, reliability and expertise the company flourished under the markets increasing demands.
Rapid market expansion led Ray Inns of Adelaide and Jeff Reidy of Melbourne to consider establishing a national network of independent dealerships. This concept was the beginning of Actrol as we now know it.
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, and this time was both prosperous and difficult. While Actrol's national expansion steadily continued, Repco faced a period of uncertainty which left Actrol vunerable. Pulling from their values of strong management, loyal staff and efficient distribution networks they stayed firm and were soon procured by Gold Securities Australia (GSA Ltd).
Actrol's partnership with GSA was a true sign of the company's strength, Actrol employees showed their support with over half purchasing shares in the company. Actrol was developing its strong service culture. In 1996 Actrol helped lead the industry through its biggest change, the phase out of CFC refrigerants. Expanding nationally under GSAs management Actrol steadily grew to reach 49 branches Australia wide.
May 2010 saw Actrol commence a new chapter in its journey. Ownership was exchanged into the competent hands of Catalyst Investment Pty Ltd. Within two years Actrol had further enhanced its coverage increasing its branch network to 60 stores nationwide and still growing. By the end of this short 4 year ownership Actrol had clearly become Australia's largest wholesaler to the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.
In February 2014 Actrol was purchased by Reece Australia Limited providing a new and exciting opportunity to enhance its reputation as the pre-eminent wholesaler within the refrigeration, air conditioning and allied industries.