In a move to strengthen its presence in southwestern Ontario, Linde Canada has acquired Contact Welding Supplies, an independent industrial gases and welding equipment distributor headquartered in London, Ontario.
Linde Canada is an affiliate of Linde North America, and a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company. Contact Welding, a distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, as well as welding gases and equipment, has been operating very successfully in the London and the Sarnia, Ontario, markets for 17 years.
Chris Ebeling, vice president and general manager for Linde Canada, said, “The acquisition of Contact Welding strengthens Linde Canada’s market position in the southwestern Ontario corridor, which is a key part of our overall Canadian growth strategy. In addition, we are pleased to welcome the Contact Welding employees, who have a reputation for extensive product knowledge and exemplary customer service, to the Linde Canada team.”
The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company that employs around 51,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2011 financial year, it generated revenue of €13.787 bn ($18.1bn).
The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment– in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The group is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.