The Bethlehem, PA specialty gases fill plant of Global Gases America is nearing completion and with it the company is making its first foray into the specialty gases business.

The 12,000 square foot plant should be ready to begin accepting orders from customers as of June 1, 2013. It is parent company Global Gases’ first location in the US and its first specialty gases production facility anywhere in the world.

The news also comes on the back of the company recently announcing Phil Kornbluth as senior vice-president of Global Gases Americas, responsible for developing and overseeing the group’s specialty gases business based in Bethlehem.

Effective February 2013, Kornbluth also took on global responsibility for sourcing of helium and rare gases and is a member of the Global Gases Group’s Board of Directors.

Speaking about the new fill plant, Kornbluth said, “We have assembled a highly qualified and experienced team of specialty gases experts, and I am confident that we’ll deliver a strong offering to the market. The Bethlehem plant will be completed soon and we are looking forward to having discussions about our capabilities with potential customers at Pittcon.”

Room for a new player

The new Global Gases facility will be staffed by a team of highly experienced specialty gases experts, all of whom have had lengthy careers at Spectra Gases, a leading independent supplier of specialty gases that was acquired by Linde AG in 2006.

Initially, it is understood, the facility will focus its efforts on producing rare gases and blends for the lighting and windows industries, as well as CO2 laser mixtures, calibration standards and stable isotopes. These products will be marketed to customers located in both domestic and export markets.

Deepak Mehta, managing director and CEO of the Global Gases Group, commented, “We are excited to be expanding Global Gases’ product offering to include high end specialty gases. We believe that there is room for a new entrant that has the capability to produce specialty gases to very stringent technical specifications and offer high service levels to its customers.”

Global Gases America is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dubai-based Global Gases Group FZCO, a rapidly expanding, industrial gases company with operations in 17 countries and the leading independent supplier of gases to the offshore diving market.