Indutrade acquires UK Gas Technologies Group

Indutrade acquires UK Gas Technologies Group

Indutrade acquires UK Gas Technologies Group

 

UK Gas Technologies Ltd, which comprises Puretech Process Systems Ltd, Medical Gases Ltd and Microgas Systems Ltd, was acquired by Indutrade, an international industrial group that acquires and develops companies characterised by high-tech-know-how and an ability to build enduring, close relationships with customers and suppliers, on 17th September. The acquisition will enable UK based UK Gas Technologies, which was founded in 1983, to maintain momentum as an international innovator in custom-made solutions for high purity medical and laboratory gases, purified water and steam systems, and other process installations and specialist systems, serving clients worldwide in sectors including healthcare and hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturing, research laboratories, solar cell and semiconductor manufacturers.

 

UK Gas Technologies founders, Andrew Barrett and Gary Littlewood will remain as Managing Director and Technical Director respectively.

 

Like UK Gas Technologies, Indutrade values developing close relations with clients and suppliers and investment in innovation and technology. The acquisition will open a new chapter for UK Gas Technologies, it will benefit all stake holders and enable us to take the company to the next level, consolidating our position as a world class company.

 

Andrew Barrett, Managing Director



Providing essential oxygen systems for emergency COVID-19 Intensive Care facilities

Providing essential oxygen systems for emergency COVID-19 Intensive Care facilities

Providing essential oxygen systems for emergency
COVID-19 Intensive Care facilities

 

We are immensely proud of our team who worked around the clock at the start of the COVID-19 shutdown to deliver essential oxygen systems for three emergency COVID-19 Intensive Care facilities in London and Cardiff. Our dedicated teams demonstrated their commitment in extremely challenging circumstances delivering new facilities at The Royal London, Epsom General and The Dragons Heart Hospital, Principality Stadium, Cardiff. They were ably supported by our suppliers who went above and beyond their normal service to help us to deliver the projects on schedule, on budget with no compromise on quality.

 

Timing was the obvious challenge –  projects that would ordinarily take months to design, plan and install, had to be delivered in a matter of weeks to provide emergency additional capacity for coronavirus patients and relieve the pressure on existing hospital facilities. To be able to achieve this, our resources had to be temporarily diverted from existing projects, and installation teams worked twelve to fourteen-hour shifts, whist complying with the additional requirements of COVID-19 safe working, to deliver the projects on time. Maintaining the quality and the standards required was as crucial as the timing, and the projects had to be signed off by the NHS Trust’s pharmacist as fit for use, with all quality standards meeting the pharmacist’s requirements. All projects were signed off on time with no issues.

 

Predictably, securing the necessary materials during the COVID-19 shutdown was also challenging, and we relied heavily on the relationships we have built over the years with our supply chain who, whilst also working under extreme pressure supplying the majority of the coronavirus emergency hospitals, still managed to manufacture and supply the necessary medical equipment and pipework, without which we would not have been able to complete the projects.

 

Few companies have the depth of experience, knowledge, expertise and trusted supply partners we have accumulated over 40 years of designing and installing gas delivery systems, all of which contributed to us to succeeding in delivering these projects, in time scales which prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic would not have been considered for projects of this size, without compromise on quality.



Innovation enables recycling of argon in solar ingot production for LONGi, China

Innovation enables recycling of argon in solar ingot production for LONGi, China

 

LONGi CASE STUDY

Innovation enables recycling of argon in solar ingot production for LONGi, China

 

LONGi is one of the six major Chinese manufacturers of photovoltaics and a developer of solar projects and the world’s largest manufacturer of mono-crystalline silicon wafers. We have supplied and installed 55 Argon0 units to serve existing and brand new facilities in Malaysia.

 

Delivering cost and carbon savings to an existing facility

The Argon0 units, which are relatively compact (about the size of a double wardrobe) and simple to install, can serve up to four furnaces at a time in this application. 15 of those supplied have been seamlessly integrated into LONGi Solar’s existing photovoltaic facility in Kuching, Malaysia where they have now been running 24 hours a day for over a year, delivering a return rate of over 94%.

Working with a Chinese-speaking partner in Taiwan to assist with client liaison and the installation, our UK commissioning engineer headed the team to ensure that the commissioning of the units met our standards. Post commissioning, a representative from our partner GR2L attended the site to confirm that all the units were working correctly.

Good working relations and a proactive attitude from those on site contributed positively to the speed and success of the project at Kuching.

 

Helping LONGi to retain its leadership position

40 Argon0 of the units we have supplied to LONGi have been installed in a brand-new facility for the production of 5GW monocrystalline ingots in Yunnan Lijiang, China. It is our largest installation to date and probably the world’s largest  installation for argon recovery. The stand-alone nature of the Argon0 and the fact that it connects to furnaces rather than the factory exhaust stream gives it a clear commercial advantage in simplicity of installation, which was an advantage on this project where we were working around other elements of the installation, and offers the potential for clients to test in situ.

LONGi has expressed a clear intent to concentrate on producing cost effective monocrystalline products* in order to consolidate its leading position in this segment. The Argon0s will contribute to this mission by reducing their demand for argon and will also have a significant impact on the carbon footprint of this huge business.

 

Creating one of the world’s largest know installations for argon recovery

Supplying 55 Argon0 units in one order is a considerable commitment but the team rose to the challenges in delivering a project of this scale and the units were ready on time and on specification.

 

Attention to every aspect of our delivery

The Argon0 units are shipped in bespoke crates designed to make shipping as cost effective as possible whilst ensuring safe delivery. Our crate supplier is a  member of the UK Wood Packaging Material Marking Programme and is approved by the Forestry Commission to provide ISPM 15, which means their products are compliant with international standards, and are suitable for use worldwide.