Air Products' new Chinese gas plant commences operation


US-based industrial gases company Air Products has started operations at its new plant located in the Pukou Economic Development Zone (PKEDZ), Nanjing, China. 

The plant supplies high-purity industrial gases, including liquid nitrogen, to merchant customers in and around the Nanjing region. 

The facility is intended to support the firm’s international customer base by providing safe, reliable and sustainable gas solutions. 

The plant is expected to bolster the firm’s footprint in Nanjing’s integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing, new materials and bio-medicine sectors. The company made its first investment in the facility in July 2016. 

The firm also operates three air separation units at the PKEDZ tech park. These units serve the company’s customer base through pipelines and other channels.

"Air Products has already established a strong position in Nanjing and eastern China with integrated and reliable supply capabilities."

Air Products Eastern China Industrial Gases vice-president Frank Yu said: “We are excited to have brought this strategic milestone project on-stream in short lead time to serve both our international customer in PKEDZ and the increasing demand in Nanjing.

“Air Products has already established a strong position in Nanjing and eastern China with integrated and reliable supply capabilities.”

In line with the Made in China 2025 strategy and the government’s manufacturing target under the 13th five-year plan, Air Products plans to continue investing in the semiconductor industry.

The firm provides atmospheric and process gases, along with associated equipment to manufacturing markets such as petrochemical, metals, electronics, food, and beverage.

With operations across 50 countries, the firm has reported $8.2bn in sales during fiscal 2017.