Cur­rent trends show a re­newed in­ter­est in al­ter­na­tive and clean en­ergy sources

Gas is cost ef­fec­tive New branch

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE - Ed­dles­gas spokesper­son

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.

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