A new liquefier to be built in Poland by Air Products, will generate an additional 400 tpd of industrial gases to meet the fast-growing demand in Polish manufacturing sectors and is scheduled to be on-stream in early 2009, subject to authority approvals.

The new liquefier will be located at the company’s Kedzierzyn facility in the south of Poland and will take the total capacity for oxygen and nitrogen products at the facility to 800 tpd.

Graham Rhodes, Air Products’ vice president, bulk gases, comments, “We are delighted to be making our first major new investment in Poland so soon after the acquisition of the BOC industrial gas business from the Linde Group. This signifies the confidence we have, both in the market and in our highly motivated commercial team, to leverage our proven competitive technology positions in key industries such as glass, metals and food. This will strengthen our market leading position.”

Manufacturing in Poland grew by 7.4% in the 6 years to 2006, while nearly 30% of the total Polish manufacturing output and around 25% of new manufacturing investment is located within 150km of Air Products’ Kedzierzyn facility.

Earlier this year, the US industrial gases company completed the acquisition of the BOC Gazy industrial gas business from the Linde Group, making Air Products the leading industrial gas supplier in the fast growing Central Europe economy. The company says it now also expects to generate distribution synergies, given the close proximity of the Kedzierzyn facility to existing Air Products business clusters in the Czech and Slovak Republics.

It is currently expected that the Polish gases market will become severely short of capacity in 2008 and will increasingly rely on imports as demand continues to rise.