Matheson K-Air India Private Limited [MKI] has announced the commissioning of its second Indian helium transfill at Bhiwadi, Rajasthan, approximately 70km southwest of Delhi.

MKI is already a key supplier of gaseous and liquid helium to customers throughout India from its existing helium distribution facility located at Chakan, Pune.

MKI’s Managing Director, Kiran Karnawat said, “With this expansion, MKI will be the first industrial gas supplier to have two helium transfills in India. The Delhi transfill will help MKI to widen its market presence, as it will enable us to enhance our service levels by being closer to our customers.”

According to Phil Kornbluth, Executive Vice President, International & Helium for Matheson, “Matheson supports MKI’s plans to expand its helium business in India. India is one of Matheson’s and our parent company, Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation’s, key markets targeted for investment and growth, not only for the helium business, but for our full product line of packaged, specialty and bulk liquid gases.”

The new helium facility in the Delhi area is the first transfill in India’s North region and has the capability to supply liquid helium in dewars, as well as high purity gas in high pressure cylinders and tubes.

The Delhi facility will also fill other atmospheric gases such as Argon, Nitrogen and CO2 in high pressure cylinders and will supply customers for bulk liquid gases in North India.

MKI had previously announced plans to invest $100m in India, including installation of a 200 tpd air separation plant in Chakan, near Pune that is scheduled to start up in 2013.