Air Products has brought on-stream a new air separation plant in Tongxiang, Zhejiang Province, Eastern China to supply gaseous oxygen to the Jushi Group, a manufacturer of fibreglass.

The plant will also produce 300 tons per day of liquid products to supply the local market, further expanding Air Products' capacity to meet the growing liquid demand in Eastern China.

Jushi, located in the Tongxiang Economic Development Zone, has built the world's largest fiberglass furnace, and Air Products' oxygen will be used in the glass melting process to have both an environmentally friendly and high-energy efficient production.

"Air Products has been supplying Jushi since 2004. We are satisfied with their technology and services and awarded them a new long-term oxygen supply contract for our second phase of operation in November 2005, and we have also fully discussed the third phase supply recently," said Zhang Yu Qiang, chairman of Jushi Group.

"The liquid produced from this plant will enhance our leading position by linking a network of cost-effective liquid product sources in Eastern China, which is one of the world's fastest growing manufacturing bases," said Wilbur Mok, president of Air Products China.

Air Products was awarded this long-term contract in November 2005.