Following the company’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2020, Atelier Francois has another milestone to celebrate: Fifteen years ago, the renowned oil-free compressor manufacturer extended its reach into the Middle East. Their venture, located in the Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone in Dubai, initially targeted the “traditional” Greater Middle-East. However, in 2019, AF elevated its commitment by becoming the owner of its own facilities, strategically positioned to serve the Greater Middle East, Eastern Africa, and the five Stan countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). Today, the company claims to cover around 85% of the compressor demand in the Middle East and African PET beverage market.
Visitors to the AF Compressors stand at the Gulfood Manufacturing Food Tech Manufacturing Event, held in Dubai November 7-9, 2023 were well aware of what they sought: a reliable compressor for the beverage and food sector, capable of handling challenging climatic conditions. Resistance to high temperatures, temperature fluctuations, humidity, and dust is paramount for a smooth and trouble-free manufacturing process but pose significant challenges to the manufacturing equipment. To present their range of durable solutions, the company doubled its stand space this year to welcome with its entire team visitors from around the globe, in addition to the MENA region.
AF’s emphasis focuses on customers themselves being able to carry out simple maintenance and repair tasks. The company provides a 24/7 service in case of any issues. Georges Alard, Commercial Director AF Group, affirms, “Piston compressors can go on for decades with the correct maintenance regime.” While highlighting the longevity of their compressors, the company recommends a system audit after ten years to explore improvement options. AF offers various retrofitting options, showcasing its dedication to sustainability and efficiency. This approach finds expression in the company’s new slogan: “Efficiency in Sobriety” which was promoted at the Dubai fair.
Oil free two-stage piston compressor (OPC)
A significant focus at Gulfood Manufacturing was on two-stage compressors, recently re-designed for enhanced energy efficiency. In the face of rising energy costs, these solutions are positioned as efficient to operate. Branded as the OPC range, the oil-free compressors can operate in the standard 7-10 bar industrial range, with options for 3-15 bar units catering to specialised applications. Key features of the low-pressure units include a 15% reduction in energy costs compared to former models and a 50% reduction in maintenance costs.