The Story of Bock Australia Pty Ltd
History of Ajax Refrigeration leading to the formation of Bock
Australia Pty Ltd.
Ajax Refrigeration Pty. Ltd. Commenced trading in 1948 supplying commercial
and domestic refrigerators being the New South Wales distributor for Frigidaire,
this was a very successful agency with many government contracts.
Ajax in 1958 negotiated with Mr. Terry the rights to sell Terry compressors
and units throughout N.S.W. (Terry compressors were manufactured in Australia).
This was the forerunner of Ajax manufacturing and marketing their own
range of condensing units using the Terry compressor. Ajax was also involved in
contracting installing their own units.
Towards the end of 1962 Terry split the distributorship of their range of
products although working well when approached by another manufacturer we
elected to change.
Ajax in 1964 became agent and the national distributor for Bitzer releasing a
full range of compressors and condensing units throughout Australia. At this
time the supermarket industry was developing very quickly opening many stores
Bitzer compressors were very popular. This agency lasted for 5 years for reasons
best left the agency was transferred to one of our employees with the support of
Prior to this Mr. Bruce Downie, Director of BOCK Australia Pty. Ltd, was
studying in England in1965 attending the Hanover Fair and visited the Bock
exhibit, noticing the modern design of the compressor range “crankshaft oil
pump” of the “F” and “AM” series an improvement to the excentric and strap
design. Being able to run up to motor speed giving much greater flexibility in
selection capacity per compressor. Little did he realise the chain of events
would lead to in 1969 Ajax /Bock combination.
March 1970 the Bock was officially released into the Australian market as
with sales of Bock compressors and Ajax Bock condensing units with “AM, F and K
models”. Although slow to start the hurdles of 1400 rpm as against 900 and the
unique design of the AM compressors soon became accepted giving Bock the
reputation of excellence it still holds to day.
Bock Australia Pty Ltd.
joint venture BOCK GMBH and DOWNIE GROUP INDUSTRIES Pty. Ltd. Formed in November
2001 until to day.