Source: Kelray Heating
Headline: Kelray Heating keeps Mercure Diners warmer this winter
As part of the refurbishment of the Mercure Hotel on Auckland’s Custom Street, Kelray Heating has installed their range of NZ made infrared heaters.
Installing heaters in the outdoor pub area as well as the internal bar, Kelray Heating’s infrared heaters were used due to their flexibility – namely the fact they can be custom made to order.
“Because we manufacture our product in NZ and do not have to rely on overseas supplier, we are able to be much more flexible with our product”, says Kelray Heating Director, Kelvin Davis.
“In the case of Mercure, they needed their heaters to match aspects of their décor. We were able to take the Mercure’s request and produce our heater in a pearl colour.
The majority of outdoor heaters offered to the NZ market are manufactured overseas with most only available in black. These products are largely mass produced, meaning that when changes are required to suit a specific venue, the cost of these changes is significant.
“A major selling point for our product is how flexible we can be. Whether it is a colour change or a custom fitting to fit a specific venue, we can engineer a cost-effective solution for our clients”.
Kelray’s range of commercial outdoor heaters were also well suited to the location of Mecure Hotel on Custom Street. Situated very close to the sea, heavily salt-laden air causes a lot of wear and tear to most outdoor heaters.
“Most outdoor heaters available in NZ simply do not stand up to our coastal conditions, causing corrosion and a short product life”.
Kelray manufacture their heaters using 316 marine grade stainless steel – the sole marine grade outdoor heater on the market. This was a selling point for Mercure.
“With Grand Mercure brand embracing local product, we looked to suppliers that manufactured the product in New Zealand, and were passionate about what they produced. Kelray heater meet this spec, and allowed the hotel to make the heaters bespoke and fit for purpose in the space required”, comments Mercure Custom Street General Manager, Zac Lumsden.
“With this winter being very wet and cold, the heaters have performed exceptionally well and have been a critical component of the hotel refurbishment”.