specialty gases suppliers

specialty gases suppliers

Advanced industrial processes in the petrochemical sector continue to demand specialty gases with higher purity levels and more precise accuracies. An increasing number of specifications for these gases now go down to parts per billion (ppb) and sometimes even to parts per trillion (ppt).

Speciality gases, also known as high-purity or calibration gases, are gases produced with high levels of purity and used for specific applications that require precise and controlled gas properties. These gases are typically used in industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, electronics, scientific research, and environmental monitoring.

What are speciality gases?

Specialty gases are a category of gases that are characterized by their rareness or ultra-high purity levels, typically exceeding 99.995% purity. These gases are produced and utilized for specific applications where standard gases may not meet the required specifications.  Many industries, including analytical, pharmaceutical, electronics, and petrochemical, benefit from their unique properties, which help improve yields, optimize performance, and reduce costs.

What types of special gases are there?

Speciality gases can be divided into high purity gases, electronic gases, rare gases, reactive gases, calibration mixture gases according to their application fields.
Electronic gases:  Various applications benefit from using electronic gases, including microelectronics, surface coatings, glass manufacturing, fibre optics, and more. These gases are vital in ensuring the quality, performance, and functionality of electronic devices and related industries.
High-purity gases can reach 6.0 grades, as well as rare gases, electronic and semiconductor grades, calibration standards, etc.
Rare Gases: This category includes gases such as helium (He), neon (Ne), and argon (Ar), which are present in trace amounts in the atmosphere. They are used in specialized applications, including cryogenics, lighting, and as carrier gases in gas chromatography.
Reactive Gases: These gases are chemically active and can undergo various reactions. Examples include hydrogen chloride (HCl), ammonia (NH3), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3). Reactive gases are used in chemical synthesis, semiconductor manufacturing, and other industrial processes.
Standard or calibration mixtures are a broad spectrum of types, grades, compositions, etc. Standard mixtures are commonly categorized as binary (2-component) or multicomponent, depending on the number of different kinds of gases homogenized with other molecules.
Semiconductor Gases: Specialty gases are critical in the semiconductor industry. Gases such as silane (SiH4), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), and tungsten hexafluoride (WF6) are used in semiconductor manufacturing processes, including deposition, etching, and cleaning.

What is the market size of speciality gases?

The global specialty gas market demonstrates a consistent growth trajectory, with an anticipated market size of US$65.1 billion by 2020. Notably, the Asia-Pacific (A.P.) region is expected to exhibit the most rapid growth in demand for specialty gases. Projections indicate that the market size in the A.P. region will reach US$16.8 billion in 2020, accounting for 25.80% of the total global consumption of speciality gases.


specialty gases suppliers
specialty gases suppliers

Who are the leading suppliers of speciality gases?

The speciality gas industry has high barriers to entry, and the market presents an oligopoly pattern. The top companies in speciality gases are:


1. Air Liquide S.A.: Air Liquide S.A. is a leading specialty gas supplier in France. The company offers various industrial gases, speciality gases, and solutions to diverse industries, including the medical, chemical, and electronic manufacturing sectors. In the fiscal year 2019, Air Liquide S.A. reported a revenue increase from EUR 21.01 billion to EUR 21.92 billion. Furthermore, the company’s revenue was projected to reach EUR 22.08 billion in the fiscal year 2020. Air Liquide S.A. continues to provide essential gases and solutions, contributing to its growth and presence in the market.

2. Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC):
NSC, an industrial gas manufacturer based in Japan, serves as the headquarters of Taiyo Nippon Sanso, offering a wide range of gas-related solutions. With an optimized supply system and a comprehensive portfolio of gas equipment, services, and applications, TNSC ensures reliable gas delivery to its customers.
In terms of financial performance, TNSC witnessed a 14.6% year-on-year increase in consolidated revenue, reaching ¥740,341 million. The core operating income also experienced a growth of 9.6% to ¥65,819 million, while active income rose by 11.7% to ¥66,863 million. However, there was a decrease of 15.6% in net income attributable to owners of the parent, amounting to ¥41,291 million.

3. Linde plc: Linde, a prominent chemical company headquartered in the UK, is the world’s largest industrial gas company in terms of market share and revenue. Additionally, Linde owns BOC Ltd, a significant supplier of specialty gases within the European Union (EU) region. In the fiscal year 2019, the company recorded a revenue of $28 billion (€25 billion), reflecting its substantial presence and success in the global industrial gas market.

4. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.: Air Products is U.S. based MNC. The company serves customers globally with a unique portfolio of products, services, and solutions, including atmospheric gases, processes, speciality gases, equipment, and services. With operations in 51 countries outside the United States, in the fiscal year 2019, the company had sales of $8.9 billion.

5. Praxair, Inc. Praxair, Inc. is the largest industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide, with 2011 sales of $11 billion. The company produces, sells, and distributes atmospheric, processed, and speciality gases.

6. BOC Group plc is one of the world’s largest producers of industrial gases essential to almost every manufacturing process. It supplies a variety of gases to the petroleum, electronic, steel manufacturing, metal producing and fabricating, construction, ceramic, and food and beverage industries. Its principal related companies operate in over 60 countries worldwide.

7. Messer Group GmbH
Founded in 1898, Messer is the largest family-run specialist for industrial, medical, and speciality gases worldwide. The brand ‘Messer – Gases for Life’ offers products and services in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Messer Group has acquired the majority of Linde AG gases business in North America and Praxair and Linde business activities in South America as of March 1, 2019. This was done in a joint venture – Messer Industries GmbH with CVC Capital Partners Fund VIII (“CVC”) – that is called Messer Group. Messer Industries has invested approximately 3.6 billion U.S. Dollars (3.2 billion Euros). Messer Group (52 %) contributed most of its Western European companies to the joint venture.

8. BASF SE provides chemical products. It operates through the following segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition and Care, and Agricultural Solutions. The Chemicals segment supplies petrochemicals and intermediates. The Materials segment includes isocyanates, polyamides, inorganic essential products, and specialities for the plastics and plastics processing industries.

Industrial Gas Industry Segmentation

Industrial gases play a significant role in various industries, encompassing a range of gases such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen, argon, nitrogen, oxygen, helium, and krypton-xenon. These gases are obtained by cooling the air temperature until their components liquefy and separate, capturing atmospheric gases like oxygen, nitrogen, and argon.

The industrial gas market is analyzed and categorized based on product type, end-user industry, and geographical region. Regarding product type, the market segmentation includes nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, helium, argon, ammonia, methane, propane, butane, and other types of industrial gases. The end-user industry segmentation encompasses chemical processing and refining, electronics, food and beverage, oil and gas, metal manufacturing and fabrication, medical and pharmaceutical, automotive and transportation, energy and power, and other industries.

Product Type
Carbon dioxide
Other Product Types (Fluorine and Nitrous oxide)
End-user Industry
Chemical Processing and Refining
Food and Beverage
Oil and Gas
Metal Manufacturing and Fabrication
Medical and Pharmaceutical
Automotive and Transportation
Energy and Power
Other End-user Industries
South Korea
ASEAN Countries
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
NORDIC Countries
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

DSW Industry is one of the leading manufacturers and distributors of gaseous chemicals and specialty gases in Southeast Asia. We strive to be the lowest-cost supplier to the market while meeting ever-stricter environmental and safety standards.

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