Today, Afrox unveiled its flagship filling facility in Riverhorse Valley, Durban North, South Africa.
The filling and engineering services hub represents an investment of more than R60m ($4.2m) and is a sign of confidence in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) economy, said Afrox GM of Operations, Jan Ntuli.
The 18,000 square metre site has been designed to international standards and offers the company’s Argoshield, carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen (N2) , helium (He), medical and food-grade gases as well as portable cryogenic containers, all aimed at benefiting customers in the medical, hospitality and industrial sectors.
“Afrox now has the ability to meet the growing demands of large and small industry across KZN with a filling capacity of 22,000 cylinders a month”
Jan Ntuli, Afrox GM of Operations
The facility is run by PLC-controlled automated cylinder filling technology and is also supported by a fully equipped onsite cylinder test shop, ensuring the high pressure gas cylinders are maintained and hydrostatically tested to legal requirements.
“Afrox now has the ability to meet the growing demands of large and small industry across KZN with a filling capacity of 22,000 cylinders a month which is an improvement of 15% from the old plant which was at Maydon Wharf. The new facility has a fully stocked warehouse, Customer Engineering Services, Service Engineering Department and a fleet of 10 distribution vehicles, all under one roof, and this ensures that we maximise the synergies between various departments to deliver excellent customer service,” said Ntuli.
gasworld Business Intelligence estimates that the South African gases market was worth $520m in 2015, with Afrox controlling a share of around 35%.