There are few products that can really claim to have stood the test of time, and there are even fewer companies that last a quarter of a century!
The picture tells a story of products and the people who have made compressed air treatment their passion in life.
The grey compressed air dryer in the picture was manufactured by Kellair America and was launched on June 16th 1976 at the Sunnyside Hotel in Parktown Johannesburg. That was a day that started change in South Africa , it was also a day that inspired Allen Cockfield for the next 40 years.
The dryer in the picture was sold to the Timken Bearings Company in Benoni by Allen Cockfield in 1976 it was the first refrigeration dryer that Allen sold. It would not to be his last!
These Kellair air dryers were sold by Compair BroomWade for around 7 years into the South African market at a time when after coolers and electrical starter gear were an “optional extra” to any air compressor!
Fifteen years later Allen launched Artic Driers International and with it a brand of dryers manufactured in Barcelona Spain by Chaumeca Iberica. Over the next decade this product range was gradually added to with inline air filters, condensate drains and the like. Gradually by small degrees the Artic Driers brand grew year by year.
This year Artic Driers celebrates its 25th anniversary in the South African market, powered by family members Barbara, Shelly, Paul and of course Allen the company has grown to be the leader in compressed air treatment, air dryer hire, compressed air auditing and after sales care & maintenance.
Since its inception Artic has sold thousands of air dryers into the SA market. The Jemaco SPX range of dryers was launched into this market in 1999 and is still represented by Artic today. From its family owned, re-purposed operational base in Benoni it continues to service industry supplying quality compressed air treatment products sourced from ten different countries around the globe.
Paul Cockfield heads up the after sales department, internal workshops, hire plant while still finding the time to market dryer to end users. Allen handles resellers, marketing, product sourcing and also sells directly to clients. Daughter Shelly handles marketing campaigns and wife Barbara is back office boss handling HR matters.
Artic Driers International has a record of providing great well engineered products and reasonable prices to both large and small clients in Southern Africa. The staff are fanatics at selling the correct product for each application. Many sellers of dryers ignore the effect of our climate on the performance of air dryers, states Allen. With global warming and “normal” temperature conditions in South Africa, failure to take account of these factors when selecting air dryers & filters for use in our hot climate will lead automatically to poor dryer & filter performance as well as hours and weeks of air dryer downtime caused by mechanical failure caused by dryer under sizing.
With management succession and property secured there is no reason why Artic Driers cannot continue for decades to come says Cockfield senior.
Artic Driers is the factory representative for SPX Jemaco air dryers, CS-iTEC air measurement instruments, BryAir Dehumidification equipment, Sepura Oily Water Separators, along with the Artic branded coalescing air filters, and drains. Talk to them for real long term solutions for your compressed air treatment problems.
Artic Driers, since 1991