Air Liquide is ready to establish itself as the major source of the noble gas argon in Mexico, after the company revealed the acquisition of one ASU and investment in the construction of another in the country’s Northern region.

New agreements were announced with Altos Hornos de Mexico (AHMSA) for the purchase of an ASU and an investment of more than €45m ($60m approx.) in the construction and operation of another ASU.

Both are located on AHMSA’s Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico site. The new agreements follow Air Liquide’s recent inauguration, this spring, of another ASU on the same site in Monclova, Coahuila.

The total production capacity of Air Liquide Mexico’s four ASUs will reach approximately 3,000 tonnes of oxygen and more than 100 tonnes of argon per day. This will establish Air Liquide as the major source of argon in the country.

AHMSA is one of Mexico’s largest steel producers.