Air Products South Africa is making good on its commitment to situate a state-of-the-art air separation unit in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in Port Elizabeth, as it prepares to break ground in the IDZ’s Zone 3 next week.
“This is a bold move – informed by a strong business case and plan. We are confident that we can deliver stability to regional industry and gas users. This move will yield business growth not only for Air Products, but for an entire industrial supply chain,” said Josua Le Roux General Manager: Central Support at Air Products. He adds that the company is expanding its output capacity to accommodate its customers’ future growth plans.
“We are celebrating this as a coup for the Eastern Cape and are counting down the days to the ground-breaking – which signals a new era for gas supply in the province.”
The industrial gas company said plans are in place for a major “show of commitment”, with two events planned; a business-to-business gala dinner on May 7 and a symbolic sod-turning on the morning of May 8 in the IDZ.
“Air Products’ investment will bring local stability to the sector, counteracting the status quo of gas being trucked into the region which is adding to the cost of doing business,” said Le Roux.
The investment will also enable business growth along the supply chain in a range of industries that include automotive, agro-processing, food and beverage, renewable energy, manufacturing and medical and pharmaceutical. “Gas, at some level, is incorporated