Air Products, Lehigh Valley, Pa., has expanded the capabilities of three packaged gases plants to primarily serve China’s growing metal fabrication industries.

The $10 million expansion was completed recently when three new gas transfills were brought on-stream. The three plants, located in Kunshan, Guangzhou and Tianjin, are now capable of supplying Air Products’ differentiated Linx gas regulators and range of shielding gases and other industrial gases. The products support welding, cutting and other processes for metal fabrication in the country’s three most developed economic zones ― Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta and Bohai Gulf ― where traditional industries are experiencing accelerated transformation.

According to Air Products, the metal fabrication segment has been the largest market for packaged gases in China since 2008.