Pieter Jansens and Paul de Pont found that conventional underfloor heating systems were an inefficient use of energy. These systems are slow and should, therefore, be left switched on during the whole day in order to provide heat at the times that it is required.
The two Dutch engineers considered these conventional systems antiquated and in 1986 they developed an electric underfloor heating system in South Africa that heats up very quickly and that could be seamlessly adapted to the needs and lifestyle of the user.
They founded the company Klimax Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd. which manufactures the very thin and flexible heating element which subsequently was certified by various international bodies. Through an exclusive Speedheat network of franchisees, the two entrepreneurs brought the innovative and sustainable heating concept in South Africa on the market.
Since the heating concept in South Africa was immediately a huge success, Speedheat decided to conquer the international market with its proven and tested approach. Speedheat International has at the moment (2013) franchises in South Africa, Australia, USA, UK as well as in the Netherlands. In addition, there are heating consultants in Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Canada.
Corporate sustainability means according to Speedheat also sustainable development and entrepreneurship. Through a well thought-out product and production process, the environmental impact is low. Thanks to the regional approach, little energy is lost to transport as long hauling distances are avoided. Speedheat limits its environmental impact in all aspects.