Since 2011, Afrox has invested over R10-million in upgrades at its Special Gases Propellant Plant in Roodekop, effectively positioning the company as a well established supplier to South Africa’s FMCG personal care market.
Personal care propellant requires that stringent quality standards are met and that propellant gas contains no odours or impurities. As part of the upgrades at the production facility, Afrox has ensured that the company meets these standards, says Nadine Baird, Product Manager – Chemicals at Afrox.
“One of our guiding principles is the supply of quality product. We source and supply product to the highest standards and our filtration system allows us to remove sulphurs, dienes and moisture,” says Baird.
Part of the upgrades also included the commissioning of strategic storage tanks in the Gauteng region that will allow Afrox to have continuous supply in the event of an unplanned shutdown by suppliers.
“We want our customers to have peace of mind, and focus on their core business whilst we as the supplier of choice ensure consistent supply. As part of the global Linde Group, we are able to leverage off the Linde supply chain, and import product at lower rates and have assured flexibility. In 2016, we successfully imported over 750 tons of product, thus we had full supply to all our contracted customers with no product rationing or short supply,” says Baird.