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BOC to build new medical gas facility in the UK

BOC Gases : 19 May, 2003  (New Product)
BOC Medical has announced plans to build a major gas production facility near Manchester, which will give hospitals around the country greater access to high quality medical gases.
BOC Medical has announced plans to build a major gas production facility near Manchester, which will give hospitals around the country greater access to high quality medical gases.

The multi-million pound facility, the first of its kind in the UK, will open this autumn in Worsley and will produce oxygen, nitrous oxide, Entonox and other essential medical gases in line with strict new European pharmacopoeia standards.

The technology to be used to produce the gases at the facility was developed by BOC in the United States for the manufacture of high quality special gas mixtures for laboratory use. Gas cylinders at the new plant will be filled individually using computerised weighing scales to ensure pin-point accuracy and safety. Other benefits will include improved productivity and a cleaner factory environment, benefiting both the workforce and healthcare professionals who use the products.

The plant will also produce some of BOC Medicalís latest super lightweight cylinders such as the ZX, a world leading carbon fibre composite cylinder.

Mark Jenkinson, BOCís general manager, North West, said: 'This is an exciting development for Manchester and underlines BOC Medicalís total commitment to hospitals in the North West, and indeed across the UK.'

Ronnie Brooks, distribution manager at Manchester Royal Infirmaryís pharmacy department, said: 'I have dealt with BOC for 14 years and am delighted to hear about the plans for the new production facility. These enhancements to the BOC service will support us even further in providing care for our patients. A local investment such as this clearly demonstrates BOC's commitment to customers in the North West.'

BOC is the leading provider of medical gases to the UK healthcare industry and has been supplying the NHS for nearly 50 years.
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