Air Products South Africa has been selected as one of the Top 50 Companies in Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) for 2017 for helping to improve the industrial fabric of the local region.

The Tier One player has been serving customers in the Port Elizabeth township and surrounding areas from its cylinder fill facility in Deal Party since 1984.

In a strategic decision, Air Products launched the first air separation unit (ASU) in the Eastern Cape in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) 30 years later in November 2014 to ensure a secure industrial gas supply to Eastern Cape industries.

The facility in the Coega IDZ formed a crucial part of a long-term capital investment pipeline of ZAR 2bn ($157m), aimed at establishing gas supply and strengthening infrastructure to serve local industries.

Pivotal

Managing Director Rob Richardson said the impact of the site’s investment and its contribution to economic growth was a pivotal deciding factor in clinching the NMB award.

“Air Products was the 29th operational investor in the IDZ and we truly appreciate this award which recognises our contribution to the growth of the Eastern Cape’s regional economy.”

“We believe that the quality of our technology and our strong emphasis on safety, quality and customer service will enable us to add further value to manufacturing and industrial processes in the region for years to come,” he added.

The Top 50 Companies were selected for their ability to attract investment, create jobs and boost exports.