The Linde Group has opened a facility in Suzhou, China, for the development of new combustion and heat treatment applications in the Asia Pacific region. The Linde Combustion Centre will work in partnership with metal and glass industries and research institutes on projects to develop green combustion technologies and improve heat treatment processes.
The centre incorporates cutting-edge technology to enable research and development work in metallurgy, steel, iron, nonferrous, mining and heat treatment industries. It also has an R&D demonstration facility for customers, allowing for closer interaction when designing solutions specific to their needs.
“China, together with the Asia Pacific countries, is a key growth region for The Linde Group. At the speed of development in this region, industries will increasingly seek for advanced solutions that are sustainable with greater emphasis on process efficiencies and product quality. This is the trend we are seeing especially in China,” stated Steven Fang, The Linde Group, Regional Business Unit Head, East Asia.
“In foreseeing this need, we have chosen to set up the Linde Combustion Centre in Suzhou, to offer Linde’s global technological know-how in gas applications and, in partnership with local experts, discover new leading applications for the industries in Asia,” added Fang.
Linde states that the setup in the Suzhou Centre can demonstrate to potential customers the best operational practice of safe gas supply and robust application techniques in the heat treatment field, especially for carburising, sintering and cryogenic processes.
Linde has three existing R&D centres in the US and Europe and China, supporting the application activities in those regions. The three centres will collaborate in global and local R&D initiatives, through the sharing of technology, training and capability building in applications technology development.
In East Asia, Linde is headquartered in Shanghai, China and has around 70 wholly-owned companies and joint-ventures, and more than 200 operational plants in major industrial hubs across the country with around 5,500 employees.
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