Current trends show a renewed interest in alternative and clean energy sources
Gas is cost effective New branch
ANTHONY Bronkhorst, owner of gas specialist company Eddlesgas in Retreat, say interest in LPG products and industrial gas at a recent trade exhibition in China has confirmed that there is renewed interest in alternative and clean energy sources worldwide. In SA, Eskom’s woes are expected to drive this trend in the short to medium term to renewed heights and, ultimately, translate in more sales of gas products.
Eskom’s latest application for huge and consecutive tariff increases that is currently being considered by the National Energy Regulator of SA(Nersa) has already impacted on overseas investment in SA and was a major factor in the cancellation of a multibillion rand aluminium smelter at Richards Bay recently.
Anthony says even in the domestic market, strings of consumers have taken to installing gas heaters in their homes to save costs. “Even without Eskom’s latest proposed price hikes of about 45% a year for three years, there has been a trend developing since the load shedding last year that harmed public confidence in Eskom’s ability as a reliable power provider, to switch to gas and other alternative clean power.
Bronkhorst says for about three years, cost comparisons between gas and electricity have been on par and there has not been a significant cost benefit for users of gas. But presently, this is expected to change and Eskom’s latest round of expected price increases for electricity is simply going to make gas more cost effective
“The fact that the cost of LPG is expected to outperform that of Eskom power in the future will drive even more people and businesses to switch to gas than before,” says Bronkhorst.
Eddlesgas specialises in gas products for the domestic, industrial and hospitality markets, mainly in the southern suburbs. In the industrial market, we supply products to the manufacturing, engineering and DIY markets.
Eddlesgas has shown phenomenal growth in the past seven years as the company that had been started in the 1970s changed hands and Bronkhorst became the new owner.
Eddlesgas is also expanding despite the recession and is set to open a new branch, located on Main Road in Retreat, opposite Zwaanswyk High School. The store will comprise enlarged showroom area of 130m2 and a 2 500m2 yard, lending itself to an increased product range and easy access to the premises.
Eddlesgas supplies products that are aligned with household names, such as Cadac, Alva, SafeGas, Bosch, Whirlpool and Zero, as well as a wide range of fittings that cater for installers. It makes it easier for them to collect at a central point and all products are backed by importer’s and manufacturer’s warranties.
Eddlesgas also supplies a full range of gas barbecues along with a reliable service and maintenance aftersales customer-care service.
On the industrial side, where the company supplies gas to the manufacturing, engineering, hospitality and medical fields, it has shown tremendous growth during the past two years with a revenue increase of no less than 32%, according to Bronkhorst.
“ We are distributors f or Air Liquide industrial gases and Afrox Handigas, as well as other company brands, such as CEA ESAB, Thermomax, Harris, Binzel, Gasses, Hyundai, SaffirePherd and others.
Bronkhorst says the company has been relatively shielded f r om t he recession, helped by the seasonal nature of demand for gas. There is an increase in demand in the domestic market during winter which is offset by increased demand on the industrial side during the rest of the year.
We are also grateful for the support shown by all our valued suppliers and look forward to the continued support into the future.