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Gasworld Interview with CEFRANK: Part Three

CEFRANK Interview

Gasworld’s editor in chief Rob Cockerill, asks CEFRANK about the future…

Gasworld: What does the future hold for CEFRANK? Will this be a future that you are involved in yourself, or will your father still be guiding the company onwards and upwards?
CEFRANK: I can’t predict the future of course, but things look bright for us. We’ve had a couple of very strong years and things don’t look like they’re about to slow down. We’ve had some really interesting enquiries and projects quietly developing in a few sideline areas in and around Europe. My father will always be guiding the business. He built it from the ground up and he knows it like no one else ever can, but in the meantime my brother and I have been slowly taking over more of the daily operations.

“We’re leaders in our corner of the market because we’ve designed and produced some of the most state-of-the-art packaged-gas equipment in the world, and we don’t want that to change. So while our goal might not evolve any time soon, our efforts do, constantly.”

Gasworld: What’s the chief growth driver for CEFRANK – and do you see that evolving over time?
CEFRANK: What drives us is a desire to make our product better. We’re leaders in our corner of the market because we’ve designed and produced some of the most state-of-the-art packaged-gas equipment in the world, and we don’t want that to change. So while our goal might not evolve any time soon, our efforts do, constantly.

Gasworld: Where do you see CEFRANK being in five years’ time?
CEFRANK: I hope that in five year’s time more of our bundles and pallets are seen in the field all around the world. We hope to get involved in some innovative partnerships with like-minded businesses who are interested in moving forward and making things better in our unique corner of the market.

Gasworld Interview with CEFRANK: Part Two

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Gasworld’s editor in chief Rob Cockerill, asks CEFRANK about innovation in packaged gases…

Gasworld: There is a clear and increasing trend towards innovation in the packaged gases business today, a trend that is arguably long overdue. Do you feel this has previously been lacking in packaged gases? If so, why do you think this is?
CEFRANK: Yes, innovation has been sorely lacking in this sector. I think it’s because ultimately people don’t like change. They don’t want to be the ones who implement something new because they’re afraid of failure. It’s that ‘don’t fix it if it ain’t broke’ attitude that’s held back innovation. Often times, big corporations get stuck in a reactive cycle instead of moving forward with a proactive approach to their packaged gases. That kind of climate makes it hard to welcome new and innovative ideas. However, we’ve noticed a more open-minded approach in recent years, particularly with some of the independent gas companies and I think it’s due to a changing of the guard in the industry in terms of the development of new systems, but also of the people in decision-making roles.

“Our market share in China has been increasing steadily over the last 5-10 years because they can see the value in our innovation.”

Gasworld: Would you agree that such investment is essential if compressed/packaged gases are to remain a core mode of supply (with the rise of MicroBulk delivery in mind, for example)?
CEFRANK: There is a better, more stream-lined way of managing packaged gases. And there is room for all kinds of delivery systems as the industry changes with technology.

Gasworld: What innovation(s) or areas for development do you see going forward? Are there any particular areas of focus for CEFRANK in the near future?
CEFRANK: We’re particularly interested in further developing our modular manifold range and our specialty gas manifolds. Our market share in China has been increasing steadily over the last 5-10 years because they can see the value in our innovation. We’ve been developing some pretty hi-tech manifolds for very expensive mixed gases for the China market.

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