The Asia Industrial Gases Association (AIGA) has welcomed Air Water Inc. (AWI) as a Category-1 member.

The Japanese industrial gas company joined AIGA in January and Kiyoshi Shirai, President and Chief Operating Officer of AWI, has been introduced into AIGA’s board.

“We are delighted to welcome AWI to AIGA,” Milan Sarkar, AIGA Secretary General, told gasworld.

“AWI is one of the leading MNC industrial and medical gas companies, headquartered in Osaka, Japan.”

“AWI already has a significant business presence in India, Vietnam and other countries in Asia, and is thus well positioned to join AIGA.”

“AWI’s participation will add further strength to the activities and programmes of AIGA for improving health safety and environment in the industrial gases industry in Asia.”

Meetings

In a round-up of other news from the association, AIGA’s Technical Committee and Safety Advisory Group met for the 53rd time in January (7th-8th) at the Hotel Taj in Bangalore.

The meeting with chaired by MVS Ramakrishna from Linde and AIGA thanks Gas Industries Association, India for hosting the meeting.

“The meeting was quite successful with more than 15 delegates from different countries in Asia, along with GIA Governing Council and Technical Committee members,” Sarkar highlighted.

“There were detailed discussions on various safety and regulatory matters pertaining to the gas industry in Asia an India in particular, with a special emphasis on the prevention of transport safety incidents, process safety management and workers injury prevention.”

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus in several countries in Asia, AIGA’s 55th Board Meeting was held in February (24th) via web conference.

The meeting discussed its usual agenda of reviewing AIGA financials, safety statistics, publications work, technical committee activities and updates from Asia’s national associations, and it also discussed future digitisation plans for AIGA that could add value.

AIGA also held its first webinar on 17th January, with more than 40 delegates participating from different countries around the region.

The topic was AIGA and its impact on Asia Industrial Gases Industry, which was presented by Venkatadas Devisetty, Chair of AIGA’s Safety Advisory Board, and Milan Sarkar, AIGA Secretary General.