Afrox has launched an exclusive world-class range of speciality gas products called HiQ® 60 to the African continent, developed internationally by parent company, The Linde Group.

The news follows the recent commissioning of Afrox’s new speciality gases plant at its Gases Operation Centre (GOC) site in Germiston on Gauteng’s East Rand, South Africa.

Afrox Speciality Gases Business Manager Robert Carlton-Shields, says the groundbreaking ‘made for purpose’ HiQ® 60 calibration gases include pure gases and non-reactive gas mixtures – with an extended five year shelf life and flat-line guarantee, allowing for greater reliability in accuracy and longer-term usability of gas.

Carlton-Shields describes HiQ as a ‘master brand’ and says it is a significant leap forward in the supply of calibration gases.

“Up until now,” he explains, “gas suppliers across the market have offered product expiration guarantees generally limited to 36 months, with many products available with only 12 or 24 months of shelf life.”

“Gas products with a more limited shelf life can impact on measurement accuracy, as gas stability in terms of consistency and quality can change over time. Where consistency or purity of the gas has been compromised, this can result in expensive system re-calibration procedures, additional cylinder changeovers and wasted human resource time.”

Carlton-Shields notes that the introduction of the new technology, to the Sub-Sahara African market in particular, is especially relevant during difficult economic times.

“In today’s economy, companies are forced to do more with less, do it faster and better, reduce costs while they’re doing it and be accountable for achieving all this. Our products make sure these criteria are met,” he said.

Meeting local demand
HiQ® 60 pure gases include argon, carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, nitrogen and synthetic air, with calibration mixtures available with multiple non-reactive components. Complementing these gases is a line-up of HiQ speciality equipment that includes scientific regulators, gas distribution equipment and laboratory gas generators.

“With the HiQ range, our customers can be confident that they are using a product that is in line with global specifications in terms of both quality and safety.”

“This is a market-superior total solution backed up by local and international technical support. It addresses customer needs in terms of current market trends, technological advancements, new standards and emerging legislation.”

Carlton-Shields concludes, “Our state-of-the-art GOC facility has been developed to support these key areas of importance and the increased capacity should meet production demands to 2015. The new production facility will also allow us to produce speciality gases with shorter lead times — in some cases in as little as five days.”