Our history

About Engel New Zealand

Learn more about Engel

Since 1962

Learn more about what makes Engel the most trusted brand in New Zealand and Australia since 1962.

Who we are

A trusted brand

Over fifty years ago, Sawafuji Electric Co. Ltd Japan purchased the design for a unique product – the Swing Motor. They went on to develop this into the motor and pump system used to power the Engel Portable Fridge Freezer that we know today. From its humble beginnings back in the 1960’s, the Swing Motor system has evolved into a powerful and efficient cooling unit. Exclusively owned by Sawafuji Electric Co. Ltd Japan, it is the only compressor of its kind in the world.

While many other portable fridge manufacturers procure parts from numerous sources all over the world, Sawafuji are unique in having produced and developed each element of this unit independently. Over the years, continual improvements have been made to further optimise performance, reliability and power consumption. With the ability to operate at up to a 30 angle, and purpose built to withstand the shocks commonly encountered in bush or working environments, the Swing Motor is the integral core of an exceptional product.

A Legend in Reliability

Why choose Engel

Engel Portable Fridge Freezers have established a strong reputation in New Zealand and Australia. They are trusted for their reliability, tough construction, superb performance and longevity. Thousands of units (some built back in the 1960’s!) still operate today, keeping food and drink chilled and frozen across Australia. Engel have always been well known for their range of “Chest” type fridge freezers. However, they also produce a range of built in or freestanding upright units suitable for caravans, camper trailers, motor homes, boats, buses, four wheel drives, and any other form of transport you can imagine! These “Uprights” are also powered by the Sawafuji Swing Motor which remains at the heart of the trusted Engel Portable Fridge range.

Since 1962, well over three million Engel Portable Fridge-Freezers have been manufactured and sold all over the world. From New Zealand, Australia and Africa to Europe and the USA, campers, caravanners, four wheel drivers, truckies, and boat owners have relied on Engel products for their enjoyment and pleasure. On top of this, many government departments, health professionals, armed services, universities, small and large couriers, trucking companies, health organizations and food and beverage companies all over the world trust Engel products as an invaluable part of their day to day business operations.


Built for New Zealand and Australian conditions


5 year Warranty on the new MT-V Series


The one and only Sawafuji Swing Motor

Tried and Tested

Over 3½ million units sold


Australia’s largest service network

Since 1962

Our history