Global Gases America, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dubai-based Global Gases Group FZCO, announced today that it has changed its company name to Global Specialty Gases, effective immediately.

The company continues to work toward a June 1, 2013 startup of its 12,000 square foot specialty gases fill plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is currently completing final installation of equipment and local permitting. 

“We decided to change the company’s name to more clearly communicate the business that we are engaged in to our customers,” said Phil Kornbluth, Senior Vice President for the Global Gases Group.

“In the US, we are a specialty gases business - a company staffed with industry experts who have specialised know-how and understand the business and the needs of our customers.”

The Bethlehem facility will be staffed by a team of highly experienced specialty gases experts, all of whom had lengthy careers at Spectra Gases, formerly a leading independent specialty gases supplier and a company well known for its customer- focused DNA. Spectra Gases was acquired by Linde AG in 2006.

“Our commitment is to ensure that our customers get the highest quality products and services to keep their businesses operating at peak performance,” said George Hansen, General Manager for Global Specialty Gases, himself a 13-year industry veteran.

Initially, the Bethlehem facility will focus its efforts on producing high purity 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. 

The Global Gases Group FZCO (, a rapidly expanding industrial gases company with operations in seventeen countries, is the leading independent supplier of gases to the offshore diving market.

Global Gases operates an expanding network of helium transfills, specialty gas production and equipment manufacturing operations with existing facilities in Afghanistan, Cape Town, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Nanjing, Perth and Singapore. The company’s newest facility, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, will begin operations on June 1, 2013. Global Gases also supplies helium, other gases and related services to the US military’s aerostat program in Afghanistan.