Linde Air Products joint venture begin supply in June 2012

Linde and Air Products joint venture to begin supply in June 2012

2:54 AM, 30th September 2011
Linde and Air Products joint venture to begin supply in June 2012

MURRAY HILL/ALLENTOWN, US: Linde Gas North America LLC and Air Products are on track for a second quarter 2012 startup of the high-purity anhydrous hydrogen chloride (HCl) processing and packaging facility the companies are building together at The Dow Chemical Company’s Freeport, Texas site, as part of their Hydrochlor manufacturing production-only joint venture.

The companies report that major milestones for the project are proceeding according to schedule, including detailed design, permitting and procurement of long lead time items. The companies estimate product will be available in commercial quantities beginning in June 2012. In the meantime, the parties continue to separately provide material produced by The Dow Chemical Company from their respective fill facilities to service customer needs.

Hydrochlor, a 50-50 joint venture, will sell HCl exclusively to Air Products and Linde Gas North America, who each will continue to market HCl independently.

“We are pleased to be progressing as planned toward commencement of supply from the new Hydrochlor facility. Customers in a variety of industries rely on domestic supply of this critical material and our investment and participation in Hydrochlor will provide the much anticipated long-term solution,” said Wayne Mitchell, Vice President and General Manager, Electronics, Air Products.

“The design of this facility incorporates the experience and engineering strengths of both Linde and Air Products. It will be a world class, world scale production facility,” said Cliff Caldwell, Vice President and General Manager, Linde Electronics.

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