Escea is a classic New Zealand success story. Beginning in Dunedin in 2002, Escea's founders, Nigel Bamford, Alan McGregor and Garth Milmine, started with a single idea: that a fireplace should not only be efficient and easy to use, but should also be a thing of remarkable beauty.
Since then, Escea has become a well-established industry leader in the design, manufacture and export of leading-edge indoor and outdoor gas and wood fireplaces. Our fireplaces are renowned for their modern, minimalist styling, heating efficiency and ease of use.
In recent years, business growth has been dramatic, and we currently export our award-winning designs all over the world, including to Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Award Winning Success
Escea's rapid success, which has seen the company grow from having no employees to a full-time staff of over 50, has been recognised through a number of industry awards. For three years in a row, the company featured as one of New Zealand's 50 fastest growing companies (Deloitte Fast 50 Index), as well as being the recipient of Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce Awards.
CEO Nigel Bamford has also been recognised for his entrepreneurial talent and vision, including selection as a finalist for the Ernst & Young - Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2006) and admission to the NZ Enterprise Trust Hall of Talent.
Innovative Research and Development
Escea's rapid success has centred on a combination of innovative design, exemplary management practices, and creative marketing flair. Our strong commitment to ongoing research and product development has led to a number of innovative refinements that have allowed our award-winning designs to stay ahead of the rest – cementing Escea's position as an industry leader.
In 2009, as part of this commitment, Escea relocated to its own purpose-built factory in the Dunedin suburb of Green Island. The building houses the production line, distribution centre for domestic and export sales, our own in-house powder coating plant, development lab, offices, and showroom facilities.
A Strong Environmental Commitment
Caring for the world is central to Escea's philosophy. As a practical demonstration of the company's desire to give back to the environment, one tree is planted in a registered carbon sink forest for every fireplace produced.
Although a fossil fuel, gas is considered the cleanest burning fuel option currently available. Through our ongoing R&D programme, Escea continually strives to produce more efficient fireplaces, while at the same time searching for new and improved fuel options.