) said that it has deployed its integrated oxy-fuel solution for
Taiwan-based water glass maker - Oriental Silicas Corporation
("OSC"). This makes OSC the first water glass producer in Asia to
adopt this innovative combustion system.
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The supply of integrated oxy-fuel solution includes the Cleanfire
HRi oxy-fuel burners, a flow control skid for burners and the
PRISM vacuum swing absorption oxygen generator. Air Products is
also offering oxy-fuel combustion system commissioning and
associated on-site consulting services to OSC.
The PRISM oxygen generator offers reliable oxygen utilizing a
cutting edge technology which boosts efficiency and meaningfully
cuts energy requirements, making it an economical source of
OSC makes and markets precipitated silica (white carbon) to a
vast spectrum of industries including tires, footwear, silicone
rubber, food additives and battery separators. Moreover, it
manufactures water glass, a critical element in the synthesizing
process of precipitated silica.
The integrated oxy-fuel combustion system allows OSC to minimize
emissions, improve product quality and enhance productivity in
its water glass lumps production process, supporting growth of
the company's business.
Air Products offers oxy-fuel burners and technology, customized
control systems, commissioning service, safety and site training,
design and technical know-how, maintenance contracts and project
management. It has already installed over 1,500 Cleanfire burners
The integrated oxy-fuel solution provides glass makers with an
array of benefits including roughly 80% reduction of nitrogen
oxide emissions, more than 25% improvement in productivity,
lesser capital expenses and 25%-60% savings in energy and
improvements in glass quality.
Air Products benefits from a diverse customer base, sustained
pricing power and cost-reduction measures. New business deals and
strategic investments are expected to support its results in
However, Air Products' tonnage gases business continues to face
challenges due to maintenance outages. Moreover, higher energy
costs pose a threat to margin expansion.
Air Products is a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) stock.
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