EIGA acteylene workshop


The workshop was attended by 172 participants from 29 countries. Although the majority were from Europe, there were also participants from Canada, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and South Africa. The one-day workshop gave a broad view on issues connected with acetylene – from legislation to production, practical examination of the cylinders and waste treatment.

I am very satisfied. During the day we have focused on the most important acetylene issues. Not by giving all details, but by pointing out a lot of questions that are important for our mission, which is to achieve the highest level of safety and environmental care in the handling of industrial gases, said the chairman of the workshop Klaus Markhoff of Air Liquide.

The world production of acetylene is 122,000 tonnes (1998). Of that, 20 per cent is produced by the wet method with carbide; the rest is chemical production.

Although the use of acetylene in West Europe and North America is declining, it will continue to be an important gas, while in other parts of the world its use is growing.

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