Linde Malaysia has today started up a new air separation unit (ASU) in central Malaysia.
The new facility will supply oxygen, nitrogen and argon to Japanese glass manufacturer Nippon Electric Glass (NEG) and other customers located at the Hicom Industrial Estate.
It expands Linde’s existing production capacity at its Hicom facility by 60% and will meet the growing demand from its customers in the electronics, healthcare, metallurgy, glass and food and beverage industries.
Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Binod Patwari, Linde’s Regional Managing Director for ASEAN said, “We are pleased to have started supplying NEG while expanding our industrial gas capacity and pipeline supply network in central Malaysia.”
“This plant will increase our network density, ability to reliably supply and support the growth of our other customers within central Malaysia.”
The new plant will be integrated into Linde’s Remote Operating Centre (ROC), which is also located at Hicom.
Through remote network access, employees at the ROC monitor, operate and control systems and equipment at 128 Linde plants across the ASEAN, South Asia and South Pacific regions, resulting in greater operational efficiency, optimisation of resources and reduced downtime.
“Linde’s long-term investment in Malaysia has benefitted our economy, industries and people through technology transfer, talent development and job opportunities,” said Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Deputy Minister, Yang Berhormat Dr Ong Kian Ming.
“The company’s adoption of digital solutions to create value for its customers and the industry sets a good example and supports Industry4WRD, our National Policy on Industry 4.0, to drive technological transformation of the manufacturing and manufacturing related services sectors in Malaysia. I look forward to seeing more businesses follow Linde’s lead.”