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Industry Characteristics

The world industrial gases market has a turnover of approximately 51 billion Euro (year 2008)

Within Europe, the industry employs 45,000 people, has 4 million customers and 4.5 million delivery points. The gas production is approximately 220,000 tons per day.

Most products are manufactured by the industrial gases companies in plants, and then supplied to customers by one of three basic methods of supply:

The method chosen depends on plant location and the quantities of product required

In addition to the above, industrial gas suppliers also sell or lease equipment to their customers for gas applications, and build production plants for their own use or for sale to others. They also offer support services, product and process knowledge and safety guidance to the markets that they supply.