CIGIA visits Japan


The China Industrial Gases Industry Association (CIGIA) and members of the association of distributors and manufacturers from Beijing and Dalian, as well as Hangzou, arrived in Japan on February 5th,

They visited Taiyo Nippon Sanso and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, as well as the Japan Industrial Gas Association, and the hydrogen filling station at Kawasaki. On the 7th they went to visit the 3rd International Hydrogen Fuel Cell Expo that opened that day.

According to Mr Sun Guomin, vice-chairman and secretary general at CIGIA , the Chinese industrial gas business startrd in 1953 when the first ASU, with a capacity of 1,300m3/h was constructed in Dalian. Around early 1988 the industrial gas market started to grow and it is estimated that the growth rate back then was an annual 12 percent.

The number of ASU’s in 1988 was 8,021 units, becoming 9,391 in 2005. As the overall scope of the Chinese market and its growth rate cannot be accurately grasped, and only surmised, it is estimated to have expanded to $2.05bn in 1998, $2.5bn in 2000 and $4.6bn in 2006.

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