By Cameron Chai
Praxair, one of the largest industrial gases companies worldwide, announced that its Indian subsidiary has planned to expand its manufacturing base in western India by constructing a new air separation plant in the Pune-Mumbai industrial corridor.
The facility will have a production capacity of 300 t of gases per day and will commence production by the end of 2012. The new plant will deliver argon, nitrogen and liquid oxygen to clients in the Gujarat and Maharashtra regions.
Gujarat and Maharashtra are the major and fastest developing Indian markets and they act as a core point for pharmaceutical, automotive and general manufacturing industries, which utilize a wide range of industrial gas applications. The new air separation plant will help Praxair India in geographic expansion and also to move more closer to its clients. The company has intended to set up an additional liquid capacity in the future based on the customer demand in the region.
Praxair India has constructed world-class air separation facilities to supply industrial gases to various companies, including Usha Martin, Hospet Steel, Jindal Steel & Power Limited, Haldia Petrochemicals, Saint-Gobain Glass, Steel Authority of India (SAIL), JSW Steel and Tata Steel. The company is now establishing a unit to deliver gaseous nitrogen and hydrogen to SAIL’s two large air separation plants in Bhilai and to Indian Oil Corporation in Orissa.