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Baxters launches latest rooftop unit

One of Australia’s largest automotive electrical distributors Baxters has expanded its range to include air compressors and the latest high-quality HVAC Sigma Rooftop Unit.

At some point this summer, commercial vehicle drivers transporting temperature-controlled products and operators of buses and coaches loaded with tourists are going to encounter sweltering conditions.

No matter the region, Australia gets exceedingly hot and, what’s more, for sustained periods that will challenge the operations of even the most experienced transport businesses.

Specialist national automotive electrical supplier, Baxters has diversified its portfolio by having moved into the market of automotive Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC).

Released in September 2018, the Sigma Rooftop unit represents one of a new range of products offered by Baxters ahead of the summer months.

Best known for supplying quality heavy duty starter motors and alternators, the company has broadened its air conditioning portfolio by adding cooling solutions for commercial vehicles according to Henry Hangan, Baxters Product Manager for Air Conditioning.

“It marries in very well to our program and heritage,” he says. “The Sigma HVAC aligns with Baxters core focus on heavy duty electrics and it’s an area the company is looking forward to growing.”

The Sigma HVAC having been designed and tested in Australia, is made from metal, making it a more robust solution for the extremes of big cities and outback destinations, unlike some of its competitors which can be made from plastic.

“With the extremes of the Australian summer from the southern dry heat to the humidity prone regions north, the Sigma HVAC unit is ideally suited to our harsh environment,” says Henry.

New to the Baxters air conditioning range, the drop in unit with its common footprint makes it easy to install, replace, maintain and service.

Henry says, Baxters first introduced its air conditioning range in 2017 and is committed to bringing in parts suited to Australian conditions, to fit and function according to the exacting standards of commercial vehicle manufacturers.

One example is the range of BOCK GEA air conditioning compressors.

These include a two-cylinder model for commercial refrigeration, four-cylinder for bus and coach, and a six-cylinder option for industrial applications.

“It’s a pretty cool unit. The BOCK name carries a lot of heritage. There is a lot of aftermarket copies but we’ve found for reliability, customers are returning to the genuine for the savings on downtime” he says.

“Air conditioning is non-negotiable for operators of buses and coaches. Without functioning air conditioning, the vehicle is off the road, and in peak summer season this can represent a loss of revenue and a lot of discomforted customers.”

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