The significance of the Middle East as a supplier of helium in the future is well versed, less prominent is the region’s consumption of this gas. News of a contract renewal in Turkey, however, highlights the growth in demand from the country’s healthcare sector.
Siemens and Linde have announced the decision to continue their 17-year cooperation for liquid helium supply, renewing their contract at a signature ceremony on 30th December 2011.
The cooperation covers the fulfillment of gas and liquid helium requirements for the current and future Siemens Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) devices in Turkey will continue with the renewed contract between Linde and Siemens.
The service contract between the parties covers more than just product supply, it also covers the delivery of technical and logistic services with the tools and the technical and engineering staff that constitute the basis of Linde.
“We are happy that we will continue to support a prominent corporation with a valuable corporation like Siemens in the fast growing Turkish health sector”
Sait Tosyali, General Manager of Linde Gaz A.S.
Upon contract renewal, Tuğrul Günal, Supply Chain Management Director of Siemens A.S, said, “We decided to continue our 17-year cooperation with Linde. The most important reason for this decision is the success of our efforts and Linde’s adoption of our quality-based, innovative and customer oriented approaches, which are very important to Siemens.”
“We believe that we will continue this cooperation in the same vein in the future,” Günal added.
Sait Tosyalı, General Manager of Linde Gaz A.S., also said in a press release, “We are happy that we will continue to support a prominent corporation with a valuable corporation like Siemens in the fast growing Turkish health sector.”
“We aim at continually developing our infrastructure and increasing our efficiency so that we can provide the best possible service to Siemens in the upcoming period same as before.”
Linde Gaz A.S. renders services in Turkey with five production facilities, six storage and distribution stations, and with the help of the wide distribution and dealer network scattered around Turkey.
It is generally the Middle East’s role as a supplier rather than a consumer of helium that grabs the headlines, with a significant future role as exporter well documented.
Indeed, at the Middle East Industrial Gas Conference 2011 hosted by gasworld in Dubai in December, guest speaker John Raquet (Spiritus Consulting) explained that the Middle East will have ‘a huge role to play in the worldwide helium market in the next 20 years’.
“…for the Middle East it will be more a role as a supplier. The Middle East will be a very big supplier of helium for the worldwide market for the next 20 years – but from a demand point of view it’s going to be relatively low,” he said.