The emerging economy of Brazil affords a wealth of opportunities for industry and industrial gases alike.

For an economy largely unaffected by the ongoing global depression, industrial growth is estimated at around 2% this year, with plenty of reason to be optimistic. Sao Paulo alone is the most populous city in the Southern Hemisphere and very much a bustling economy itself.

In recent years regarded as the 19th richest city in the world and expected to be the 13th richest city in the world by 2020, Sao Paulo is becoming a hub for industrial growth.

Sao Paulo is also home to Brazil’s only independent gas company, Industria Brasileira de Gases LTDA (IBG).

The company is close to celebrating its 18th birthday, having been established in January 1992, and continues to grow in line with the burgeoning gas demand.

IBG holds around 3% of this both blossoming and competitive industrial gas market and is keen to maintain its steady path of growth.

In an exclusive mini interview with gasworld magazine, founder and President Newton de Oliveira explained, “The company was formed to produce and distribute specialty, industrial and medicinal gases like oxygen, nitrogen, argon, acetylene and nitrous oxide.”

“Besides plants, IBG also has 15 filling stations strategically installed in Brazil. IBG has almost 300 employees and is the only independent gas company currently operating in Brazil.”

“We are also a partner of Gas Engineering in the US and China,” de Oliveira added.

IBG has clearly achieved an impressive infrastructure growth in less than two decades of business and asked about the specialty gases sector in Brazil, describes this market simply as ‘growing’. Furthermore, gasworld understands that the company is ‘investing in a new facility’ for specialty gases.

Such an investment would follow the recent news that IBG had ramped-up production for the local merchant market, with the installation of a new 300 tpd liquid plant at its Sao Paulo site.

Designed to the specific needs of IBG, Gas Engineering completed installation of the plant, which produces oxygen, nitrogen and argon for the merchant market and ultra-high purity liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen for the company’s specialty gas business.

Our interviewee confidently explains, “The ASU 4 is in the starting-up process in Jundiai, a city located 40km from Sao Paulo. With or without the (economic) crises, IBG will grow with the existing market business. This new plant will double our air gases production capacity.”

As if doubling its air gases production capacity isn’t enough, IBG is ploughing ahead with further investments and plans to ‘pioneer’ with the country’s only 300 bar cylinder filling system too. We can reveal that the company is building up to four new filling stations across Brazil and has even acquired a site to build a new facility in Recife in future.

As our interview concludes, de Oliveira says, “We are installing one CO2 plant in the interior of São Paulo and we are preparing to start cylinder filling at 300 bar. Our company will be a pioneer with the 300 bar filling system in Brazil.”

“We are also building four new filling stations in Taubaté (Sao Paulo), Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais), Rio de Janeiro, and Vitória (Espirito Santo). A new site has been purchased too, to build a new facility in Recife (Pernambuco).”