High-pressure cylinder manufacturer Chesterfield Special Cylinders Ltd, based in Sheffield, UK, has appointed Axel Mohnhaupt as Sales Manager for Germany and associated European markets.

The company notes that Mohnhaupt is a well-known figure in those German industrial sectors where high-pressure gas containment has many and various applications.

This prominence derives from his time at MCS International GmbH, formally Mannesmann Cylinder Systems, where he was the responsible sales manager for all products, worldwide.

“His accumulated insight and experience will strengthen our sales team,” said Mick Pinder, Chesterfield’s Director and General Manager.

gasworld understands that news of the appointment carries a perhaps more significant undertone – that of the apparent demise of MCS, at least in its present guise. As one of Chesterfield’s major European competitors in the manufacture of ultra-large high-pressure cylinders, it ‘remains to be seen’ what impact this will have on the supply and lead times for such cylinders in this market.

gasworld understands that news of the appointment carries a perhaps more significant undertone – that of the apparent demise of MCS, at least in its present guise…it ‘remains to be seen’ what impact this will have on the supply and lead times for such cylinders in this market.

Before MCS went into insolvency recently, both it and Chesterfield had broadly similar product ranges. However, Chesterfield also places more emphasis on its range of cylinder re-testing and aftermarket services - reckoned to be among the best in the world of cylinder manufacturing, it claims.

These services include in-situ periodic testing of large cylinders in fixed positions, such as those in the depths of offshore oil and gas platforms, and in surface vessels and particularly submarines. Demand for this service is said to be growing rapidly around the world.

Increasing green applications

Another distinguishing asset is the presence of Chesterfield Biogas Ltd, a sister company in the same holding group - Pressure Technologies plc.

Speaking of this, Mohnhaupt said, “One of the main developments in the recent past, and increasingly in the future, is cylinder applications which support green technologies, such as the transporting and storage of hydrogen and CNG, or applications where gas storage contributes to the matter of energy saving.”

“I believe that the combination of these applications - with the Chesterfield product portfolio and certainly with the experience of their engineering team - will be a step forward for our customers.”

“I am very much looking forward to developing this business and communicating the range of engineering support available from the UK to continental Europe.”