Waeco was founded in 1974 based on a single, very useful innovation: a battery-operated refrigerator. Waeco mobile refrigeration products were originally designed to be used on board boats. There was pent-up demand for the product, and the portable refrigerators quickly became popular. The company grew rapidly. Waeco’s German engineers perfected and adapted the original design, and they were able to expand into new markets. Before long, they were working with vehicle manufacturers as well as selling directly to consumers. In 1981, they partnered with a large car air conditioning company, Italy’s DIAVIA. Since 2007, Waeco has been a division of Dometic, an American mobile refrigeration company.
The sun is beating relentlessly on your cab as you speed through the outback with a load of ore. Things are getting hotter and hotter and finally you realise that the air coming out of the registers is warmer than the air in the cab. The air conditioning is cranked up to maximum, but nothing is happening. You pull over and call Lyons Air and book an appointment.
You are a WA trucker. You are hauling loads between clients and towns, to and from mines and all over the wilds of Western Australia. You are driving in some of the world is most punishing heat, and it seems to be getting worse every year. The ground all around is red, the road is a ribbon of dust and outside the protection of your trucks air conditioned cab, you know it is just about the closest it gets to hell on earth.
If you are smart, you know that you cannot afford to have the air conditioning in your truck fail. The heat in WA can be deadly and the inside of an un-airconditioned truck is like an oven. With the heat waves we have seen in recent years, driving without dependable air-conditioning is not just uncomfortable. It is dangerous.