As part of its drive to offer electric alternatives to conventional gas cooking ranges, Lincat (Lincoln) has added a four hotplate electric range to its Opus 700 series of equipment. "For many years, gas-powered ranges have been at the heart of commercial bakeries in this country," says Nick McDonald, marketing and export director of Lincat.

"However, current safety legislation requires that gas products be positioned under powered extraction canopies, fitted with an interlock, which automatically cuts the gas supply in the event of a power failure. These regulations can add significantly to the cost of installation.

Demand from establishments of all sizes for electric-powered alternatives is therefore growing strongly. We expect our new range to meet the needs of those looking for a powerful, yet compact electric option."