Star Refrigeration

Star Refrigeration

Star Refrigeration

Star Refrigeration are the UK`s largest independent industrial refrigeration engineering company. Founded in 1970, Star have been pioneering natural refrigeration and heating technology for the benefit of our customers, staff and environment alike. Star are a total solutions provider, working in partnership with customers, from design through to commissioning and maintenance. Our cooling solutions enable end users to reduce energy consumption, increase efficiency and drive down lifecycle operating costs. We deliver cost effective solutions at the high end of the industrial market, carrying out first class installations and unbeatable aftercare. This was the first time a large industrial refrigeration system like this had been commissioned anywhere in the world.

Company details

Thornliebank Industrial Estate Nitshill Road , Glasgow , G46 8JW United Kingdom
View in map

Find locations served, office locations, manufacturers and our distributors.

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
10,000,000 - 100,000,000 €

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
Please, visit the following links for more info:

Star work with the biggest names in a variety of industries including temperature controlled storage, food and drink processing, chemical, oil & gas, nuclear, HVAC and leisure & ice. Our customers tend to stay with us and have done so throughout the decades. Star Refrigeration have achieved one of the highest customer retention rates in the sector.

Expanding from an industrial refrigeration company to a multi-faceted engineering group through the acquisition and development of a range of businesses, the Star Refrigeration Group is comprised of six business units:

Founded on October 12th 1970 in Glasgow by mechanical engineers Dr Stephen Forbes Pearson, Anthony Brown, and Robert Campbell, Star Refrigeration's first steps in the industrial refrigeration and heating sector were small and tentative, after the demise of their former workplace L. Sterne & Co. But fast forward 45 years, and the company has developed into a diverse business group with over 300 staff in 10 locations across the UK and a number of agents in Europe and Asia - and it is the largest and most successful independent cooling and heating contractor in the UK. In 1970, the three engineers pulled their redundancy money together to start STAR, picking the brand name in the most traditional of ways - from the initials of their Christian names. The company recruited skilled engineers who previously worked for Sterne and operated the business from Dr. Pearson's home. Most of these engineers remained with Star until retirement age and some are still in active duty! Today, Star Refrigeration is a multi-faceted engineering group with a range of businesses that span consultancy, education, renewables, M&E and design through to commissioning and maintenance of HVACR solutions.

Star set their first office in Thornliebank Industrial Estate, a few doors down from the current business location. When the number of employees outgrew the size of the building, Star relocated to where the Glasgow head office is today.

The world’s largest zero carbon 90°C Ammonia District Heat Pump was once a feat deemed “impossible” by the International Energy Agency (IEA) but later received its prestigious Rittinger Medal. The Agency recognised Dr Pearson’s groundbreaking research and development in heat pump technology that fights climate change last year.