BOC Samoa’s parent company, The Linde Group, has sold their interests in the BOC Fiji and BOC Samoa businesses to Vinod Patel Investments Limited (Fiji).
The decision was finalised recently and announced yesterday in a press statement. The company formed by the joining of BOC Samoa and BOC Fiji will be called Oceania Gas Limited.
Vinod Patel, Chairman of the Vinod Patel Group, is delighted with the development.
“After several months of negotiations we are delighted to have reached an agreement with The Linde Group to purchase the BOC business in Fiji and Samoa,” he said.
“This is great news for our group as we truly value the people, the work culture and ethics of BOC in Fiji and Samoa.”
Oceania Gas plans to continue employment of all staff working in Samoa and Fiji businesses.
The company has been an institution in Samoa since 1972 and is committed to the same level of service, product supply and safety it has given to Samoa for the past 44 years and plans to continue as a close partner of local businesses in Samoa.
In Samoa the company employs 15 full time staff, servicing many businesses, homes and individuals with LPG, industrial gases, welding equipment and tools, safety and clothing gear, fire extinguishers and LPG installations and equipment.
Oceania Gas will continue to be the exclusive distributor of BOC products such as industrial gases, welding equipment and safety supplies in the region.
Country Manager, Andy McCallum, said although the name has changed, nothing will change in terms of the services they provide.
“Essentially we are the same company - same great people, same great products and a great new name,” he said.
“We are very excited by the opportunities our new relationship with Vinod Patel gives us. We now have access to a whole range of products including domestic gas appliances, tools and barbeques and look forward to bringing these to the people of Samoa.”
Oceania Gas is, and will continue to be, located at Vaitele-tai (Main Road) as well as through its wide network of Agents in Upolu and Savaii.
Its product range is:
• LPG and LPG appliances, including stoves and cookers (commercial and domestic)
• LPG installations and servicing
• Industrial gases including oxygen, acetylene, CO2 and nitrogen
• Welding equipment including welders, torches, rods and wires
• Safety equipment and clothing
• Fire Extinguishers and alarms - sales and service