Appearance counts “more than ever” in packaged gases


Industrial gas distributors need to prioritise maintenance and painting regimes for their cylinders, in a context where increasingly appearances count, according to one US West Coast operator.

Andy Castiglione, President of WestAir, who works out of San Diego, told gasworld in interview for a feature in the forthcoming July issue of gasworld US that the market today is very different in many parts of the country than in years gone by, with life sciences and similar clean-room environments to the fore.

“Today, we invest more heavily than ever in highly automated regular maintenance of cylinders,” he said. “This maintenance isn’t just focused on functionality but includes aesthetics. We want our cylinders and tanks to look great, because they hold a valuable product and are very often placed in smart, clean-room environments. Increasingly, of course, we serve customers in industries like life sciences and medicine more widely, as well as controlled environments in aerospace and engineering.”

These kinds of customers want their cylinders to look pristine all the time and it is great for branding as well, said Castiglione.

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