Excel Refrigeration & Air Conditioning has recently invested in EcoChill Ltd, a leader in natural refrigerating cooling technology founded by Matthew Darby in 2000. Eco Chill will remain under its own name and Matthew, along with EcoChill’s existing senior management team, will continue to oversee daily operations as the Managing Director of EcoChill. Stephen Frowde will also be a Director of the EcoChill business. 


Founded by Matthew Darby in 2000 as Technicool Refrigeration, EcoChill are specialists in natural refrigeration solutions and the development of zero-emission cooling technology. Integrating Technicool and Arneg New Zealand in 2006 the company was later rebranded to EcoChill as one of the first refrigeration companies in New Zealand to recognise the importance of developing sustainable cooling pathways for the future. Working with customers to design and deliver high performing, safe, cooling solutions with lower environmental impacts, EcoChill are consistently identifying and solving problems from a customer point of view. 100% New Zealand owned and operated, EcoChill are the exclusive authorised New Zealand agent for the Arneg Group of products including Arneg, INCOLD, Frigadon, Oscartielle and Intrac. EcoChill’s mission is to engineer clean cooling for a better world.


Stephen says “EcoChill’s innovation in engineering technology has accelerated adoption of natural cooling technology across New Zealand’s retail and commercial sectors. Combining this with Excel’s extensive experience in the industrial sector and ammonia expertise makes this investment a natural fit. Excel’s extensive North Island branch network further extends EcoChill’s scale and capability whilst EcoChill’s South Island presence further enables Excel to develop a national presence. Combined, this partnership makes the Excel Group the largest Refrigeration and Air Conditioning company in New Zealand with over 300 employees nationwide, whilst remaining 100% New Zealand owned. Stephen says he is honoured Matthew and his team have placed their trust in Excel as their partner of choice to further accelerate EcoChill’s growth and look forward to what the business will achieve with our full set of resources behind it.”