Glasgow University is working with two German organisations to research the economic and technological importance of the international industrial gases industry.
The university, together with international industrial gas and engineering company The Linde Group and the Gesellschaft fuer Unternehmensgeschichte (GUG, Society for Business History) will undertake the multiple-year research project.
A team of scholars, under the leadership of Glasgow-based American business historian Ray Stokes, will examine sources and materials from around the world, as well as interviewing representatives of the most influential corporations in the industry. Linde is funding a PhD studentship to Glasgow University as part of its support for the project.
‘Over time and to the present day, industrial gases have changed – often without being noticed – entire lines of industry and ways of life’, said Prof Wolfgang Reitzle, CEO of Lind. ‘A modern food supply would be fully inconceivable without the use of nitrogen, or a medical treatment in a hospital unimaginable without oxygen. We’re allowing objective, independent scholars to extensively study the importance of the industry, and are demonstrating the contribution that industrial gases have made to the development of modern national economies up until now, and the contribution they will be making in the future.’
The Linde Group is a leading industrial gases, medical gases and engineering company with around 49,000 employees working in more than 70 countries worldwide.