Global Markets: Focus on Asia


A year ago we explored the advancing Asian market and a gases business firmly in the ascendancy.

Industrial gas revenues had risen a further 12% to reach a value of $645m. A heightened sense of optimism was in the air, matching that of peace which had seemingly spread throughout India and beyond.

As we enter February 2009, the picture continues to look bright for the region in the longer-term, if not sullied slightly by the recent global economic woes.

This is a region which is building on the success of recent revenues and sustained demand for gases, boosted by an emerging electronics and solar cell industry.

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