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Crisis averted – What next for the helium market?

4 Dec 2013 | Updated: 24 Feb 2014

When the US House of Representatives unanimously backed measures to re-authorize the Federal Helium Program at the end of September, in many respects it was a case of crisis averted

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SGD 8010 purifier and cartridges

SGD introduces new and improved 8010 gas purifier

SGD Inc. has announced the introduction of its new improved 8010 gas purifier and cartridges used for the removal of impurities from gases. 

The Linde Group is one of the leading players in the industrial gases business.

Linde ASU recommended for Responsible Care® certification

Linde LLC has been recommended for certification of its Birmingham, Alabama air separation plant under the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® program.

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OHAUS announces first-annual "Leading the Weigh" award program

OHAUS Corporation, a leading worldwide manufacturer of laboratory balances and industrial scales, has announced the launch of its first-ever annual “Leading the Weigh” award program.

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Victor Technologies sold to Colfax Corporation

Private equity firm Irving Place Capital and Victor Technologies announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement to sell Victor to Colfax Corporation, a global manufacturer of gas- and fluid-handling and fabrication technology products.



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An ongoing onsite supply challenge – Electronics gas management Subscription

By Rob Cockerill

The reliable supply of high purity gases has been crucial in the electronics industry since the advent of the semiconductor. A broad portfolio of industrial and specialty gases, electronics gases, process gases and mixtures, and precursors, collectively termed electronic materials (EM), are required for the many stages of semiconductor and microelectronics manufacture.

International news

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Global Gases opens first fill plant in India

25 Mar 2014

Global Gases India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dubai-based Global Gases Group FZCO, has announced the opening of its new industrial gases fill plant located in the Chennai Industrial Area in Tamil Nadu, India.

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Industrial Scientific surpasses 100,000 detectors on iNet® system

25 Oct 2013

Industrial Scientific has announced that more than 100,000 gas monitors are now operating on iNET®, the industry’s only Gas Detection as a Service solution.

MOCON lab.

New Baltics distributor for MOCON/Lippke

25 Oct 2013

Enabling it to provide more ‘customized attention’ to customers in the Baltic States region, Lippke (a MOCON company) has signed a distributor agreement with Interautomatika UAB, of Vilnius, Lithuania.

PDC Machines-UMW

New Malaysia representative for PDC Machines

24 Oct 2013

To consolidate it’s global presence and to offer its local customers more effective service support, PDC Machines has appointed UMW Industrial Power Sdn Bhd as its representative in Malaysia.

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Voltaix acquisition finalized by Air Liquide Subscription

18 Oct 2013

US-based electronics materials company Voltaix is now officially under the stewardship of Air Liquide, after the latter finalized an acquisition first announced in June.


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Forging ahead – Healthcare at home

While The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (unofficially referred to as Obamacare) continues to be a talking point here in the US, making waves on both the newswires and at government level, another significant development is taking shape in the country’s healthcare sector

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The changing face of medical gas delivery

The medical gases sector is in the midst of a shift in standards, analysis and delivery, from the rise of the healthcare at home market to the modernization of medical gas standards and the means of supply.

MRI Scanner

Trends in medical diagnostics – All signs point to MRI market growth

The global market for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems was valued at $4.9 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach $5.4 billion in 2013, projects a new report from BCC Research.

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Progress in science and analysis – Gulf Coast Conference 2013

Reflecting the industry’s developments and progress in chemical analysis, the Gulf Coast Conference 2013 was held on October 15 & 16 at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.

Walter L. Nelson

Optimism ahead in helium market Subscription

When more than 100 delegates from 16 countries gathered in London for the first ever Global Helium Summit, the trends, technologies and dynamics of the helium supply chain were in focus like never before. Hosted by gasworld Conferences, the summit was the first event of its kind and provided a platform for discussion and knowledge exchange about one of the hottest topics in the scientific community.


Harmonizing hazards – Getting compliant with new GHS requirements Subscription

An initiative to globally harmonize hazard classification labeling of chemicals, and hazard communication information is ushering in significant changes to Labels and Material Safety Data Sheets in the gas industry. While most readers of this article are just becoming aware of this initiative, it traces its roots to back to a 1992 United Nations conference.

George Hansen, Global Specialty Gases 2013

“Acquisitions have left a gap in the market for a new independent” Subscription

Global Specialty Gases tells SGR about the change - and progress - at the company.

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Rare gases – A fast growing global commodity Subscription

Let’s start with a brief background of the rare gases and the production of them for those of you who are not familiar with the basics. Williams Ramsay and Travers Morris discovered the three rare gases - krypton (Kr), xenon (Xe) and neon (Ne) - in 1889 when they found a remaining substance after distilling liquid air. These three gases are part of a family of gases, which also includes helium, argon and radon, known most commonly as the rare gases, but also are referred to as the ‘noble ...

Pittcon 2013

Pittcon 2013 Subscription

Pittcon 2013 demonstrated the event is in better shape than ever before, with a marked increase in attendance and first-timers.

Medical gas oxygen

Healthcare and bulk medical gas system requirements – A further evolution Subscription

Since the late 1990s the regulatory requirements for installing and maintaining bulk systems that supply medical gases to healthcare facilities have been continuously evolving with new and upgraded requirements. In 2013 the latest in this evolutionary process, a new training and qualification requirement for bulk medical gas system verifiers is being introduced.


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