Meeting the needs of a highly diversified industry
In 2013, close to 1,500 million tons of steel were used worldwide. More than one-third of which was destined for the metal fabrication industry, a highly diversified market in every sense. Actors range from SMEs to multinationals. End products vary from nuts and bolts to plane components. Manufacturing processes extend from basic welding to specialized laser cutting. In addition, companies must comply with strict environmental and safety regulations in a competitive business environment.
Because the metal fabrication industry is diverse, Air Liquide is aware that fabricators need a trusted gas provider capable of addressing the complexities of each customer’s manufacturing projects and cycle. At Air Liquide, we do just this with a leading range of premium gases that meet each strict demand for safety, quality, productivity and cost efficiency.
A network of 200 experts located around the globe
Our network of 200 experts located around the globe, with the support of our R&D centers, is at the service of the metal fabrication industry on a daily basis.
All this allows us to implement best-fit solutions for our customers’ individual challenges and provide true all-in-one services.
“The benefits of Air Liquide's offer start with improved safety.”
Melih Sahin , Production manager - Paysa Prefabrik - TurkeyRead more
We rely on Air Liquide’s ARCAL™ Speed shielding gas to optimize welding of our products, which include pre-fabricated steel, modular buildings and emergency living units. The benefits of Air Liquide’s offer start with improved safety. The regulator valve reduces leaks and is protected from damage by a shock-resistant guard, which also avoids costly replacement. Air Liquide’s unique inventory system alerts us when it is time to re-order ARCAL™ Speed, allowing quick and seamless switching of cylinders. The precise control of the gas mixture improves the quality of our welds and reduces particle spattering, enabling us to deliver a higher quality product. Air Liquide’s technical team adds value through its highly professional support, responding immediately whenever we call and training our teams on the safe and proper use of the product.
To transform raw materials into machines and structures, metal fabricators must use a multitude of processes that require industrial gases. This is where Air Liquide steps in to cover three critical stages in the manufacturing cycle.
Cutting of metallic raw materials is a process in which the metal fabricator turns sheets, tubes, coils and more into the desired size or shape for the project at hand. At Air Liquide, we offer solutions for cutting based on our customers’ preferred source of energy:
Arc welding is the main focus of metal fabrication. In this step, formed and machined parts are assembled, welded into place, and then checked for accuracy. Arc welding uses electricity to melt metals and is a preferred process of metal fabricators. For this application, we offer ARCAL™, our leading brand of shielding gases (argon and argon based mixtures), compliant with ISO standards. Best fit for MIG-MAG and TIG processes.
Heat treatment is a process used to improve the mechanical or metallurgical properties of materials. It is usually undertaken in a controlled atmosphere. To this end, we offer ALNAT™, our range of metal heat treatment solutions encompassing gas, related handling equipment and services for value-added processes.
Further, we adapt our supply modes to the needs of our customers. Gases can be delivered in a variety of ways, ranging from small cylinders of compressed gas to liquefied gases for customers needing large volumes of our products.