Linde India Limited has set up its first dedicated healthcare cylinder filling site at Siliguri, North of West Bengal (India).

The site marks a significant milestone in the expansion of the company’s healthcare business, in the emerging cities of India.

Linde India has invested in the cryogenic liquid storage and cylinder filling facility, installed with modern cylinder filling and handling equipment and product testing laboratory at the site. These standards are in accordance with India Pharmacopeia (IP) regulations.

Linde confirmed reports of the new plant to gasworld and Moloy Banerjee, Managing Director of Linde India, said in a statement, “The India healthcare industry is one of the most vital and fast growing industrial sectors which is expected to reach $160bn by 2017 and $280bn by 2020. We believe in it’s potential and will continue to invest in this industry.”

He added, “This site is strategically located in a state district capital with medium to large population of Level 2 hospitals which is typically located far from state capital and metro cities. Our newest site will bring us closer to our customers and enable us to be more responsive in meeting our customers’ needs for IP-grade medical oxygen and nitrous oxide, Entonox® and other specialty gases.”

Linde India’s healthcare business provides high quality gases for pharmaceutical use such as medical oxygen, synthetic air, nitrous oxide in addition to providing state-of-the-art medical gas distribution systems to major hospitals. The company also provides total gas management solutions to private hospital chains and has ambitious plans to expand beyond its current footprint in metro cities.

The strategy of the healthcare business is to sustain its leadership position in the large hospitals in metro cities and increase penetration in tier 2 cities with particular focus on supporting private hospital chains in providing total gas management solutions.

Linde India Limited was formerly known as BOC India Limited, and has been the leader in the Indian gases business since 1935.