Sod turning heralds construction of state-of-the-art Afrox ASU in the Eastern Cape

On February 11 2014, Afrox MD Brett Kimber officially turned the first sod on the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) site of the company’s new 150 tonne per day state-of-the-art air separation unit (ASU) that will service industry and health sectors across the Eastern Cape. Site clearing work is due to get underway shortly. This follows recent approval of the environmental impact study associated with this multi-million rand project.

“We have longstanding relationships with customers across the Eastern Cape, some going as far back as 20 years, and we see the new ASU as a catalyst for growth for these businesses,” said Kimber.

“The new R300-million ASU will service the high demand for Afrox products in the Eastern Cape, which is expected to increase in the future, while the investment reflects our greater corporate strategy to meet the needs of customers wherever they operate. When the ASU comes on stream, liquid oxygen, liquid nitrogen and liquid argon will be available from a source much closer to customer operations.

“This will effectively eliminate the risks associated with distributing product over large distances and other external influences, whilst providing excess capacity and ample storage. From now on, Afrox customers can confidently grow their businesses without having to lay out capital for additional storage space or buffer stock.”

Commenting on the imminent commissioning of the ASU, automotive component manufacturer Bentler’s Plant Manager, Desmond de Vos, said: “The new Afrox ASU will mean a lot to us, as we won’t have to worry about trunking product, or potential line stoppages, and it will be a ‘just-down the-road’ type of application for us.”