Japan in an era of gas equipment upgrade


The Japanese industrial gas and equipment market has entered into an era of upgrading, as the industry seeks to maintain a competitive edge in its manufacturing sector and the solutions that drive it.

Even if the super depreciation of the yen were to continue, it is thought that the Japanese manufacturing industry will not engage in capital investment with the purpose of mass production as before.

Instead, the country appears to be focusing on enhancing the manufacturing set-up for the users. While there is practically no new construction of plants for producing semiconductors and liquid crystals, for example, the replacement or upgrade of facilities to maintain the highest standards is ‘quietly being accomplished’ says The Gas Review (TGR).

Specifically in terms of gas and equipment, it is no longer a concept of mass production but rather that if the processes of the user cannot be coped with, then no business value emerges. Stable gas supply has been critical until now, but it is recognised that the time for upgrades and innovation has arrived in Japan.

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