About Us

The name FSW may be a relatively new one to the UK AC&R industry, but the business actually celebrated its 50th Anniversary back in 2015 and is now one of the largest refrigeration and air conditioning wholesalers in the UK.

The company was originally founded in Dublin, back in 1965 under the name Fridgespares by two brothers Dessie and Brendan Byrne. During the late 60’s to early 1970’s the business focused on refrigerated cabinets with a sole agency for Craig Nicol Cabinets In the mid 70’s the company took a different direction & expanded into the Refrigeration Wholesale sector with the introduction of L’Unite Hermetique, Flica and Heynen evaporators. In 1991 the Managing Directors responsibility  was handed down to Dermot Byrne (Dessie’s son).

With new management came a fresh impetuous for Fridge Spares, the company expanded in Ireland by adding a second branch in Cork and in 1998 opening the third branch in Belfast. By now the stock portfolio had also evolved to include, Danfoss, Friga Bohn evaporators, Copeland compressors & condensing units. In 2000 Fridge Spares Ireland acquired Refrigeration Parts Wholesale Ltd or RPW as it was known. RPW was originally a Midlands based AC&R wholesaler. However with further investment more branches were added in the UK under the RPW banner. The business continued to trade in the UK under the RPW brand name for another decade. This first acquisition sowed the seed for some quite phenomenal growth over the next few years, 

In 2008 Fridge Spares (Ireland) acquired Northern Refrigeration Wholesale Ltd, another independent UK based refrigeration & air conditioning wholesaler. NRW were a well-respected wholesaler with a branch network that complimented and improved the already established RPW branch network. The acquisition of NRW also included some specialist niche brands within the NRW portfolio of companies, namely, Equipment Spare Parts Ltd (ESP), a dedicated supplier of commercial cabinet & case parts, along with Just One Call Ltd (JOC) and NRW fm, both specialist procurement one-stop-shop suppliers to supermarket after market contractors. With both NRW and RPW , it was decided to merge the two businesses and create a new brand for the UK operations, hence in 2010 the FSW brand name was born. With the opening of new branches in Newcastle, Chelmsford, Southampton, London (Isleworth), & Edinburgh and by the acquisition of the former Gasco branches in Glasgow & Dartford, FSW became a truly national refrigeration and air conditioning wholesalers, the equal of traditional companies operating in the sector. 2013 saw another acquisition in the UK, this time Beacon Design and Engineering Ltd, a manufacturer of bespoke commercial refrigeration products.

Beacon enables FSW to offer a full range of refrigeration equipment from customised dressed condensing units to blast chillers & supermarket packs. FSW is a wholesaler committed to the commercial refrigeration market providing unrivalled technical & applications support and supporting the business with quality experienced branch staff. FSW is also a specialist air conditioning equipment supplier, becoming distributors for Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric & Hitachi. FSW is committed to holding large stocks, providing excellent technical support and training with its fully equipped training facility based in Southampton. FSW claims to be the largest distributor of Fujitsu Air Conditioners in the UK. With bespoke refrigeration equipment capability, specialist spare parts supplier, two industry leading procurement divisions and one of the UK’s largest A/C suppliers, there is more to FSW than meets the eye. Like our motto says  “30 locations in the UK and Ireland, where you need us when you need us”

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