Study is to explore the development of gases industry


The Linde Group has announced it is to enter a joint research project with the University of Glasgow and the Gesellschaft fur Unternehmensgeschichte (GUG, Society for Business History) of Frankfurt, to examine the economic and technological importance of the international industrial gases industry.

A team of scholars, under the leadership of Glasgow-based business historian Ray Stokes, will look at sources and materials from around the world, as well as interviewing representatives from some of the most influential corporations in the industry.

Professor Dr. Wolfgang Reitzle, CEO of Linde AG, spoke of the impact of the industrial gases industry and the study ahead.
He said, $quot;Over time and to the present day, industrial gases have changed – often without being noticed – entire lines of industry and ways of life. A modern food supply would be fully inconceivable without the use of nitrogen, or a medical treatment in a hospital unimaginable without oxygen. We’re allowing objective, independent scholars to extensively study the importance of the industry, and are demonstrating the contribution that industrial gases have made to the development of modern national economies up until now, and the contribution they will be making in the future.$quot;

Ray Stokes, director of the Centre for Business History at the University of Glasgow, commented, $quot;For me, the most fascinating aspect of this research project is that there hasn’t ever been a study this comprehensive before of this industry.$quot;

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