Richard Betzendahl

Richard Betzendahl

Richard Betzendahl founded Betzendahl Gas Consultants (BGC) in 2004. He has 45 years of experience in the specialty gases and rare gases business, and has worked for Airco, BOC, Messer, and MG Industries in various executive positions prior to founding his business.

BGC is involved in importing and exporting rare gases globally to a broad range of end-users, major producers, and wholesalers. It is also a prime source for market data and studies. Betzendahl’s extensive experience in rare gases has made him one of the few experts in the global rare gas market.

Contact Info

Email:
betzendahl@gmail.com
  • ARTWORK
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    The impact on rare gases due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

    2022-05-02T09:00:00

    As you most likely are aware, the rare gases krypton, xenon, and neon are by-products of very large air separation plants (ASU). These ASU’s are almost all attached to steel mills. With this said, adding capacity quickly is not realistic. It takes 1-3 years to add capacity and can only ...

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    Ukraine war: The impact on rare gases

    2022-04-14T08:47:00

    As you most likely are aware, the rare gases krypton, xenon, and neon are by-products of very large air separation plants (ASU). These ASU’s are almost all attached to steel mills.

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    The ever-changing rare gas market

    2017-12-01T11:02:00

    As we head in to 2018, we look back on a very interesting changing market for krypton (Kr), xenon (Xe) and neon (Ne) in 2017. Ne supply this year continued to increase as new plants came on-stream while the demand was growing slowly after the big decline of 2016.

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    Another volatile year for rare gases

    2016-12-01T00:00:00

    As we near the end of 2016, we look back on another volatile year for rare gases. In my previous rare gases market review (gasworld.com/2009662.article), we reported that neon (Ne) was in a very critical supply shortage during early to mid-2015…

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    Neon – The new rare gas shortage of 2015

    2015-09-02T10:04:00

    Neon has historically been in over-supply, but today the market for this rare gas is in shortage. Richard Betzendahl explains why, and what the future holds for the global neon business.

  • Ever Changing Rare Gas Market
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    Ever Changing Rare Gas Market

    2013-02-18T15:35:00

    Last year, I estimated total 2012 world production of Kr would be 97 million liters, production of Xe at 10.5 million liters, and Ne production at about 625 million liters. In my follow up plant-by-plant analysis, I found that the 2012 world production totals changed with the direction of global ...

  • Still Bullish on Rare Gases
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    Still Bullish on Rare Gases

    2012-02-13T14:36:00

    Rare gases, which include krypton (Ke), xenon (Xe), and neon (Ne), are byproducts of air separation units (ASUs) that produce large quantities of oxygen and nitrogen. Historically, to be economically feasible, the rule of thumb was that an ASU must produce at least 1,000 tons per day (tpd) of oxygen ...

  • The Rare Gases Market Recovers with Global Economies
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    The Rare Gases Market Recovers with Global Economies

    2011-03-14T14:01:00

    The rare gases krypton (Kr) and xenon (Xe) are both volatile global products. This volatility stems from their end use applications in fluctuating markets like construction, lighting, and electronics, and from the global control of sources of their production. Furthermore, the supply of krypton and xenon, which are byproducts of ...

  • The Rare Gases Market Report
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    The Rare Gases Market Report

    2010-08-16T14:59:00

    Wlliams Ramsay and Travers Morris discovered the three gases — krypton (Kr), xenon (Xe), and neon (Ne) — more than 120 years ago. These three are part of a family of gases most commonly referred to as rare or noble. Completely inert and chemically stable, rare gases are produced from ...

  • Rare Gases Market Update
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    Rare Gases Market Update

    As the economy slows down so does the demand for rare gases. During the last 12 months demand for xenon (Xe) declined almost 40 percent and demand for krypton (Kr) fell by about 30 percent.