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Boge drops oil to catch new trend

Boge Compressors is promoting its range of oil-free compressors as the bodyshops' clean alternative to oil-based equipment.

The supplier, which offers both types, says the oil-free versions meet bodyshop concerns over the quality of compressed air used by paint sprayers.

Mike Harris, Boge director and general manager, said: “Body repairers have to get the repair right first time, because their profit margins are so slim and based on fast throughput of work. With oil-free systems, there is no chance of oil contamination when spraying paint, so they have that guarantee. Sprayers also have a cleaner air supply.

“These systems have the added advantage that they are virtually maintenance free, with just an air filter to change which takes minutes.”

Mr Harris said repairers were showing a lot of interest in Boge's latest oil-free compressor, the OL Progressor. “It's the fastest growing product in our compressor range,” he said.

“We will be launching more oil-free products later this year, and a range of smaller compressors that will be much quieter. They will be attractive to smaller bodyshops and garages.”

The bodyshop sector accounts for around 10% of Boge's £50m turnover. Mr Harris is confident of raising this proportion to around 25% with the help of Boge's UK distributors and highly experienced workforce.

“Our growth is happening organically, not through acquisition like some of our competitors,” he said. Despite the growing emphasis on oil-free products, Boge is quick to point out that its oil screw compressors still account for more than 95% of its business.

“However, oil-free compressors will be the growth market over the next 10 years,” said Mr Harris.

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