The Linde Group has announced plans to build a new, large-scale air separation unit (ASU) in the US, representing a total investment of $40m.

The exact location of where the atmospheric gases plant will be built was not revealed, but it is understood that the facility will serve to manufacture products in the Southern Georgia/Northern Florida region. 

These products will be distributed to local hospitals and healthcare provides, food processors, glass manufacturers, metal fabricators and independent welding and gases distributors.

Linde plans to extend its strong southeast merchant gases supply network farther south to increase our ability to satisfy growing customer needs

Pat Murphy, President of Linde Americas, explained, “Linde plans to extend its strong southeast merchant gases supply network farther south to increase our ability to satisfy growing customer needs. The envisioned plant would expand our service capabilities to support the medium and long-term growth of key accounts and industries in the region.”

“Locating a plant closer to customers also reduces our carbon footprint, which is an important part of Linde’s commitment to sustainability.”

The Tier One corporation has 23 other plants and facilities throughout Florida and Georgia where it employs over 2,000 people.

Toby Pimlott, Business Analyst for gasworld Business Intelligence, estimated that the industrial gas market in the South East of the US was worth approximately $4.7bn in 2014. Pimlott stressed, “Linde is currently the fourth largest industrial gas company in the region, holding a 15% market share. This recent expansion is a continuation of Linde’s strategy to increase its merchant gases supply network in this territory, after introducing an ASU in Arkansas in 2015.”