About Us

About Us

Aqua Cooler is a proudly Australian-based and owned drinking water coolers and industrial process water chiller supplier.

When you purchase an Aqua Cooler product, you are safely relying on over 50 years of history and experience in the industry. No other brand in the Australian market can offer the same attention to detail and quality. When you see the Aqua Cooler logo you can trust that only the highest quality materials were used and that it was made by workers with the utmost experience and knowledge in the industry.

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Our History

Aqua Cooler was established in 1994 as an amalgamation of three like-minded companies with histories dating back to the 1950’s.

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The first company, Blackmore and Singleman, was founded in the 1950’s by Jim Blackmore and focused on producing air conditioning and water chilling solutions for the train industry. The second, Sam Hort, was a small water cooler company purchased by Barry Blackmore in 1979. Sam Hort operated under this name for several years until Blackmore and Singleman relocated under the same roof and Aqua Cooler was formed.

Sam Hort started out producing just 10-20 water coolers a day and he maintained steady growth throughout the early 1980’s. This growth improved significantly throughout the 1990’s when Sam Hort was approached by Neverfail to produce water coolers for their start-up company. At the peak of production Hort was producing as many as 25,000 water coolers per year.

On the chiller front, business continued to grow by shifting focus from the train industry to the newly developed CT and MRI industries. At this time, the primary player in this market was a company called Medical Applications who were selling both Siemens and Philips equipment. As the market for CT and MRI grew in Australia, Siemens and Philips eventually entered the market directly under their own brands and Aqua Cooler was the incumbent for both parties. This fact remains true to this day, while also providing services to the other core players in the market such as GE and Toshiba.

In the early 2000’s, globalisation hit the drinking water business hard with both Korean and Chinese companies entering the market in full force. This business segment at its peak made up 80% of Aqua Cooler’s business and with the market cannibalised by imported products, Aqua Cooler was forced to change focus to commercial water chillers where it thrives to this day.

In 2004, Aqua Cooler formed a partnership with a company who was, at the time, the largest data centre retailer in Australia. This came at a fortunate time as the data centre industry was about to explode. Data centres required a level of sophistication that the Aqua Cooler chillers did not previously possess. So, this partnership pushed the development of the products to another level. The data centre client was so large that at any time you could see one of their chillers being made. When this large source of business finally came to an end, through the client acquiring a chiller company in Europe, Aqua Cooler was once again forced to expand the business into new areas and explore other sources of revenue.

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Over the life time of the company, Aqua Cooler repeatedly reinvented itself, keeping up with changes in the market and continually innovating and expanding into new areas of business. The core values and skill set remain mostly unchanged, but the end product and use-case continue to change and evolve alongside the world.

Today, Aqua Cooler boasts an impressive install base with extensive reach into the international market, including Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. A critical component of the company’s success is its embedded technical knowledge and advanced engineering competencies by its passionate and experienced team. Aqua Cooler is Australia’s largest and leading water cooler and industrial process water chiller manufacturer. It is proudly Australian owned and looks to the future with great anticipation for the challenges and the endless opportunities to expand and grow its world class expertise and capabilities.