Development of the US Industrial Gas Industry From 1990 Onwards


John R. “Buzz” Campbell has over 50 years of experience in the industrial gas industry and is considered one of its leading experts. Buzz was the publisher of CryoGas Internationalfrom 1990 to 2013. We asked him to give us his perspective on developments in the US gases industry for this special anniversary edition.

After working for 13 years for Air Products and for five years at Burdox (later sold to AGA), my wife Caroline and I began an industrial gas industry consulting business in 1981. We purchased the Cryogenics Information Report in 1988 to enhance that business. In 1990 we transformed that report into CryoGas International, the publication you are reading today, and made it into the leading source of information and intelligence for the industrial gas community.

My experience with Air Products, a major gas producer, and later with Burdox, a distributor-oriented company with on-sites and piggy-back liquid production, gave me a deep understanding of the developments in marketing, technology, and finance among the majors. The contacts I made during this time enabled me to keep abreast of the world of cryogenics and industrial gases as I served as Publisher of CryoGas and consulted on worldwide gas projects and mergers and acquisitions. I remain an advisor to CryoGas, a principal at my new venture with Maura Garvey, Intelligas Consulting, and an M&A advisor with Leaders LLC.

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