The Linde Group celebrated the official opening of its most modern, fully automated, gas filling plant in Europe on 12th September in Marl Industrial Park, Germany.

At the Rhine-Ruhr filling plant, industrial gases such as oxygen, nitrogen and argon as well as welding or food-grade gases and synthetic air are filled into cylinders and bundles. The new site will also provide propane, acetylene, medical gases and specialty gases for a complete range of products.

Linde enters completely new territory with the full automation of internal transport, sorting, storage and order picking. This enables the handling of more than one million gas cylinders per year.

Linde invited customers, business partners, political representatives and other companies based in the Industrial Park to inaugurate the filling plant. In the presence of Werner Arndt, Mayor of the City of Marl and Tobias Stockhoff, Mayor of the City of Dorsten, Linde Executive Board member Bernd Eulitz and Olaf Reckenhofer, Head of Region Central Europe at Linde’s Gases Division, as well as plant manager Axel Polenz, presented the filling plant to the public on Tuesday.

(L-R) Olaf Reckenhofer - Head of Region Central Europe at Linde’s Gases Division - Axel Polenz - Plant Manager Plant Family Rhein-Ruhr, Werner Arndt - Mayor Marl, Bernd Eulitz - Member of the Executive Board of Linde AG, Tobias Stockhoff - Mayor Dorsten and Dieter Rückborn - Project Management, symbolically planting a lime tree in front of the factory gate.

(L-R) Olaf Reckenhofer, Head of Region Central Europe at Linde’s Gases Division; Axel Polenz, Plant Manager Plant Family Rhein-Ruhrl; Werner Arndt, Mayor Marl, Bernd Eulitz, Member of the Executive Board of Linde AG; Tobias Stockhoff, Mayor Dorsten and Dieter Rückborn, Project Management, symbolically planting a lime tree in front of the factory gate.

Source: Anna-Lina Nikelowski

Bernd Eulitz, Member of the Executive Board of Linde AG and responsible for the gases business in Central Europe, explained, “Only with an efficient supply chain can we further expand our leading position in the German cylinder gas business. The new Rhine-Ruhr filling plant will make a decisive contribution to this. With its high degree of innovation, it opens up completely new perspectives for productivity – far beyond the borders of the German organisation.” He continued, “The concept is to be used at other locations in different countries later on.”

The Dorsten/Marl Industrial Park on the northern edge of the Ruhr area was chosen as the location – only about 10 kilometres west of the Marl Chemical Park, where Linde operates an air separation unit and a carbon dioxide (CO2) plant. The new building replaced the decentralised plant and sales structure in the Rhine-Ruhr region, which has grown over the years, with its older filling plants and, in some cases, low storage capacities.

Pioneering

The filling plant has a very high degree of mechanisation and automation – the internal transport of gas cylinders and bundles is automated, which significantly reduces forklift traffic on the site. In addition, a fully automated high-bay warehouse was built at the site. An automated, robot-assisted sorting and order picking system is also planned. The high productivity of the Rhine-Ruhr filling plant allows Linde to react even more flexibly and quickly to customer requirements.