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Industrial gas supplier Linde eyes 10percent sales growth

Linde (Thailand) is projecting growth of more than 10 per cent in its sales of industrial gases this year as two major plants come on stream.

The new plants will sharply expand its capacity to produce and supply gas to a wide range of industries, with demand growing in the petrochemical and energy, healthcare, and electronics industries.

Linde will also continue to roll out community involvement projects and corporate responsibility programmes.

Managing director Keerin Chutumstid said yesterday that that the country's largest liquid air separation plant was completed at the end of last year and would be fully operational this year.

The plant at the Hemaraj Eastern Industrial Estate in Rayong can produce up to 800 tonnes per day (tpd) of liquefied gases.

The Bt3.5-billion air separation plant is Linde Thailand's largest investment since its incorporation in 1970. The other plant with a capacity of 300tpd of carbon dioxide is being commissioned and will also be operational this year. This facility, its fourth carbon-dioxide plant in the country, will enable the company to increase its output 25 per cent to 1,200tpd.

This will cover the most diverse applications, including the chilling, freezing and packaging of food; protection and dispensing of beverages; heating, melting and treatment of metal; welding and cutting in metal fabrication; water treatment and environmental protection; calibration and testing in laboratories; and production of chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

The industrial gas market is estimated at Bt18 billion per year, with Linde Thailand accounting for 40 per cent, making it the country's leading supplier.


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