In the midst of positive perspectives for the future of welding technology in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the Air Liquide Welding Group of Paris has decided to further invest in the Cittadella and Eisenberg production sites in Italy and Germany.

Welding technology today is strongly driven by the energy markets that use a great number of welded metallic structures, including oil rigs and platforms in offshore and onshore activities, pipelines for oil and gas transportation, and reactors and columns in oil, hydro or wind turbines.

These structures are submitted to very demanding conditions and the construction of all these structures requires high quality welding gas and consumables.

Since mid 2007, the capacity of the flux cored wire facility at the Cittadella site has been increased by 20%. In Eisenberg, from January 2008 the production capacity of the submerged arc flux plant will be increased by 65%, further reflecting the company’s investment in the industry.

The total amount of the investments is thought to be around €5m.

Jean-Claude Buono, senior executive vice president of the Air Liquid Group and chairman of Air Liquide Welding, said, “These investments will allow us to better serve our customers especially in the fast growing and highly demanding energy markets. With these increases in capacity we are confident that Air Liquide Welding will continue to significantly improve its results.”

Air Liquide is a world leader in the industrial and medical gases and related services, while the Air Liquide Welding group is a leading player in the development of welding and cutting technologies. With sales of €580m in 2006 and 3,000 employees all around the world, the company offers the most complete range of related equipment, consumables and services on the market, through internationally well-known brands.