MATHESON, the largest subsidiary of the Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation Group, has publicised plans to build a new air separation unit (ASU) in Northern America.

Plans for the new ASU have surfaced due to a growing demand for merchant liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon in central and north Florida. The facility is expected to be live, producing high-purity merchant product, in the fourth quarter of 2012.

In a recent company statement, Butch Miller, Senior Vice President for the Bulk Division of MATHESON, described the augmentative role of the plant. He said, “This new Air Separation Unit will allow MATHESON to better support our current merchant liquid customers in Central and North Florida, building on our existing production capacity in South Florida.”

Miller concluded, “The investment demonstrates our strategy to support our growing packaged markets with merchant liquid capacity.”