Linde Group, Munich, opened a research and development center in Shanghai to create new high technology industrial gas applications and solutions in China and the Asia Pacific region. This is the first such center in China owned by an industrial gases and engineering company.

The "Linde Technology Centre" will drive R&D initiatives in partnership with gas-reliant industries and research institutes in projects to improve gases-related industrial processes and develop green technologies geared towards future and sustainable applications, according to the company.

“China and the Asia Pacific countries is a key growth region for the Linde Group, accounting for around 20 percent of the group’s industrial gases sales,” says Steven Fang, regional unit head, greater China. “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.

At the launch event of the center in Pudong, Shanghai, Linde signed joint partnership agreements to further enhance its on-going projects with Nanjing Iron and Steel Co. (NISCO), Sinopec Research Institute of Petroleum Processing and Tsinghua University.

According to Linde, an existing project with NISCO broke new ground in a wastewater treatment solution that uses carbon dioxide (CO2) to neutralize alkaline industrial wastewater, The approach reportedly is environmentally friendlier than the traditional hydrochloric acid. The CO2solution also reduced cost by more than 60 percent, according to the manufacturers, compared with the use of acid. The technology will be introduced to other steel manufacturers and potential customers in other industries.