The Belgian sector of industrial and medical gases is represented by essenscia.
  • The “gas” section within essenscia is governed by its Directors’ Meeting, which directs the safety, environmental, regulatory and standardization activities of the Technical Working Group.
  • The essenscia office, deals with legal, financial and administrative matters and provides expert support to its members.


Sector characteristics

In Belgium, the manufacture of industrial gases (data over 2014):

  • generates a turnover of 1’127’000’000 euro
  • employs 1’255 people
  • counts 29 sites
  • invests 62’000’000 euro per year 

European data, and distribution possibilities, are detailed here
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Medical gases

Medical gases are vital for life.
For example, oxygen and a nitrous oxide-oxygen gas blend are used to support life in critical situations or treatment of lung related diseases.
Medical gases are vital for life. Oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide and various gas mixes are used by healthcare professionals in hospitals and other healthcare facilities for range of applications including respiratory care, pain therapies and anaesthesia.
Oxygen is used in mechanical ventilation for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, which is expected to be the leading cause of death worldwide by 2030.
A nitrous oxide-oxygen gas blend offers expectant mothers effective pain relief during childbirth and nitric oxide is used as a therapeutic inhalant in combination with respiratory support for new-borns.
Calibration gas mixtures are used to maintain the reliability and accuracy of medical devices to ensure accurate diagnose.
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Industrial gases

The industrial gases sector, and the industrial and medical gases companies it represents, are an important enabler for many strategic industry sectors that support the Belgium economy.
Industrial gases are used in a myriad of processes that touch numerous elements of daily life and that in many cases are vital to it.
Gases are not only used in numerous traditional industries such as welding and cutting metal – they also feature in most of the packaged food that we buy.
For example, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide are used to modify the atmosphere of the packaging to prolong shelf life.
  • Argon and helium are used in airbags
  • Oxygen is used in steel manufacturing, in waste water treatment, …
  • Carbon dioxide is used in fire extinguishers
  • Acetylene and propane are used for cutting and argon for welding.

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Clean energy

Gases are also leading the way in clean energy technologies including hydrogen fuel cells, LNG, CNG and carbon capture and storage(CCS).
Gases such as CNG, LNG and hydrogen are being increasingly used as transport fuels, providing green alternatives to petrol or diesel and helping to protect the environment by reducing emissions.
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Technical Working Group GASES

Directors' Meeting GASES

The Director's Meeting meets 4 times a year, to decide on the most important topics from the Technical Working Group, and to also discuss strategic, social or financial aspects.