Linde invests €1.12m to upgrade Johannesburg specialty gas plant

08 March 2010 15:17  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Linde Gases has invested €1.12m ($1.52m) on upgrading its specialty gases plant in Johannesburg, South Africa, to support growing demand in the region, it said on Monday.

The project, which began in 2006, would expand the range of gases produced onsite, halving customer lead times to only two weeks, the company said.

The investment has funded new equipment such as liquid storage tanks, pumps and filling manifolds while ensuring that the plant had a minimal impact on the environment, Linde added.

The facility – which became fully operational on March 1 - includes a laboratory for analysis, testing, validation and certification of high purity gases and calibration gas mixtures.

Africa is an important growth market for our HiQ specialty gases business and getting our production and supply capabilities nearer to our customers is critical to achieving this growth,” said Steve Harrison, head of specialty gases and specialty equipment.

“The fact that we have delivered this investment during these harsh economic times is a sign of Linde’s real commitment to Africa,” he said.

($1 = €0.73)

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