Gas supplier set to grow in East Cape

AIR Products South Africa in the Eastern Cape has reached its six-month milestone in supplying industrial gas products to the province.

The enterprise was launched in the province in November last year, where it introduced a R300-million air separation unit (ASU) to the Coega IDZ.

Yesterday, the company celebrated six months of uninterrupted supply of industrial gas in the province.

Regional sales manager Sugene Vickernand said although they had reached the six-month milestone they were still looking forward to grow.

“There is growth opportunity for air separations in the province and we have now decided to incorporate the province into our national marketing plan,” he said.

Eastern Cape sales manager Pierre Fourie said Air Products was able to deliver security and supply of liquid oxygen and nitrogen, meeting the needs of the local industry. “Our air separation unit supplies liquid oxygen an liquid nitrogen in bulk by road tankers across the Eastern Cape,” he said.

Fourie explained that gas was a vital part of virtually every industry process.

“The importance of security of supply cannot be overstated. We are able to match current market demand and have capacity to scale up production in line with growing demand in the region.”

Market research and strategy manager Arthi Govender said Air Products worked hand in hand with customers to find solutions to industrial challenges.

Vickernand said they understood that the current energy crisis was affecting both commercial and domestic consumers.

“It affects us all. We will embark on continuous and effective ways and new technologies to make sure that we serve our customers,” he said.

Govender said she believed through their investment in Coega they had established their gas products as pivotal to a multitude of industrial processes.

-Avuyile Mngxitama-Diko

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