Caps Australia has appointed a new business development manager in Africa to support the company’s growing market and customer base in the region.
Compressed Air and Power Solutions Australia (CAPS) has appointed Rick Bryant as the company’s General Manager for West Africa. Bryant relocated in February to the Ghanaian capital, Accra to run the company’s recently established office in the city. CAPS is a major Australian-owned, independent generator and compressed air equipment supplier.
Employed at CAPS for two and a half years, Bryant brings more than 30 years of compressed air industry experience to his new role, having worked for large multinational compression companies in countries around the world.
Bryant will focus on assisting Australian and other mining and manufacturing companies operating in Ghana as well as neighbouring African countries to develop highly efficient and effective compressed air and portable power systems.
A large part of CAPS’ business in the region involves after-market servicing, maintenance and spare parts. The Accra office will enable the company to enhance the service levels to their customers, providing CAPS with a base from where it can more effectively and efficiently service existing maintenance and repair contracts in addition to acquiring new customers throughout West Africa.
With the increasing number of installations by Australian mining companies throughout the region, it is no longer practical for CAPS to fly a service engineer in for a few days of work. Bryant adds that CAPS plans to recruit local service technicians and provide training with Australian engineers and other specialists.
Bryant sees enormous potential in Ghana with a stable economy based on an established resources sector. The similarity to Australia in terms of a similar-sized population and a burgeoning oil and gas industry will stimulate further exploration and development of additional manufacturing infrastructure, all requiring the latest equipment, which will allow CAPS to meet the rapidly growing demands for compressor sales and servicing throughout the region.