Colorado’s Gascat is new sole importer of Italian Greentech Dryers
Englewood, Colo.—In a market re-launch, the newly formed Gascat LLC is now the exclusive U.S. importer and distributor of Italian-made Greentech Dryers, makers of gas catalytic infrared (IR) drying equipment.
Gascat is owned and operated by Johan Huwaert, who also serves as general manager of Garmat USA.
Officials from GreenTech and Gascat held an open house on Feb. 13, in Englewood, Colo., displaying the capabilities of the robotic dryer, which can be retrofitted to most paint booths to accelerate curing times for refinishing products.
“What we offer is increased revenue per square foot,” said Gascat Business Development Manager Rob Martin, stressing that Gascat dryers can control the variables associated with drying times. Drying times are significantly reduced, he said, allowing a production collision center to paint additional cars a day.
“Consumption of natural gas or propane is focused on drying the panel, not the entire booth,” said Francesco Bertoli, CEO of Greentech Dryers, significantly reducing the amount of gas a shop consumes when compared to convection found in a typical spray booth. He said units are in operation around the world with a high concentration currently in use in the United Arab Emirates and several in use in the U.S.
The equipment is ideal for a shop owner that has the volume but may be experiencing a constraint in the paint department. Ideal candidates include independent MSOs, shops with multiple OEM certifications, shops conducting aluminum repairs, and those looking to add DRPs, Martin said.
“It allows the independent to better compete with consolidators,” he said. “You don’t need more people or square footage.” Rather than installing a second booth, or running more shifts, a shop owner can have an E5, E6, or E7 unit installed and see a fast return on investment (ROI).
Gascat fits inside most paint booths, regardless of brand, he said, and is able to cure everything from body filler, primer, basecoat, clearcoat, and sealer. The surface temperature of the material applied on the vehicle remains within manufacturer refinish specifications of 160 to 210 F, he added.
John Baker, of John Baker Sales, a collision equipment sales and service provider in Colorado who now carries Gascat, said the dryers are for shop owners who want to increase production, get cleaner paint jobs, and achieve faster drying.