About us

Astron was established in 1976 by Thomas O’Dowd, working as a sole trader. Thomas originally came from a carpentry and joinery background and moved into refrigeration in the 1970s. During the 1980s Astron grew as large retailers searched for new ways to display and sell food. Thomas developed a bespoke salad bar design which became the backbone of the company’s offerings for the next 30 years.

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Better together

In 1999, Astron purchased a new premises in Rathnew, Co. Wicklow to expand and built a workshop, offices, and showroom which we still are based out of today. In 2008, Astron exported our first salad bar to Dubai in November 2008. Partnering with independent Middle East sales experts and Enterprise Ireland, we have exported successfully to hypermarkets across the Middle East. In 2017, Thomas was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Arab Irish Chamber of Commerce.

For our clients

Throughout the company’s history, Thomas’s attention to detail focuses on quality, functionality, and usability, this has built Astron’s reputation to where it is today.

Spirit of collaboration

In 2016, Astron Engineering met with DRY AGER, a German company who manufacture Dry Aging cabinets. We developed a relationship with them, and we are their only approved Irish Agent. These cabinets have grown in popularity over the past few years, we have supplied Dry Agers to numerous businesses including craft butchers, supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, meat packing plants and government bodies.