Guangzhou, CHINA, 10 November 2010 – Guangzhou Guang Kong Industrial Gases (GKIG), a subsidiary of Linde-GISE, has been appointed official supplier of medical oxygen to the Asian Games’ network of designated hospitals and emergency services in Guangzhou city. Linde-GISE is a joint venture of world leading gases company, The Linde Group.
Linde-GISE produces and supplies medical oxygen products endorsed by Linde Healthcare, a business unit of The Linde Group dedicated to providing international healthcare solutions.
From the production to filling to delivery of medical oxygen products, Linde GISE has stringent standard operating procedures to ensure zero compromise in safety and quality. All medical oxygen products intended for use at the Asian Games hospitals and emergency services are required to undergo FDA’s laboratory safety and quality tests before delivery.
Linde GISE has also enhanced the security of its medical oxygen production, filling and storage areas. This includes the implementation of a “two-man rule” security measure to prevent single-person access to these areas. This means entry to any of these areas requires the use of two keys separately held by two persons.
“We have in place stringent quality and safety control mechanisms to ensure that the Games Village medical centre, and the city’s hospitals and emergency services are well-equipped with high grade medical supplies. Medical oxygen supply to these medical facilities have undergone thorough safety and quality tests by the FDA, with the intent to provide world-class medical services to our international visitors as they compete during the Games,” says a Guangzhou FDA spokesperson.
“It is our commitment to provide medical oxygen according to international standards and best practices to the international athletes and the people of Guangzhou city. To ensure that there is no disruption of supply during the Games, Linde GISE has stepped up in production of medical oxygen products in reserve. In addition, we have assembled an Asian Games emergency response team, dedicated to responding to any emergency orders in the quickest possible time round the clock,” says Linde GISE general manager, Louis Ko.
“Medical oxygen is the most critical medical supply hospitals require. We are honoured that Linde Healthcare’s medical oxygen is part of this historic legacy for Guangzhou, as the host of an international event. We see this as the start of a successful long-term partnership for Linde and Guangzhou, and the region at large in providing international standard healthcare offerings,” says Lim Chwee Foon, Head of Linde Healthcare, North China.
Linde Healthcare has medical oxygen production sites across China including Guangdong, Shanghai and Fujian. Every site is accredited with the National FDA Good Manufacturing Practice certification.
More than 10,000 athletes from ASEAN countries will be competing at the two-week long sporting event from 14 November onwards.
About Linde-GISE and GKIG
Linde-GISE is a group of companies jointly owned by The Linde Group and Guangzhou Iron and Steel Co., Ltd (GISE). Linde-GISE has four companies under its management - Guangzhou Linde GISE Gases Co., Ltd; Guangzhou Guang Kong Industrial Gases Co., Ltd.(GKIG); Guangzhou Pearl River Industrial Gases Co., Ltd.(PRIG) and Shenzhen South China Industrial Gases Co., Ltd.(SCIG). These four companies together supply oxygen via pipeline to two steel mills, and supply bulk and compressed gases to the merchant market in Pearl River Delta in Guangdong.
As the biggest industrial gases producer in Guangdong province, Linde-GISE has the most sophisticated gas production and cylinder filling facilities, as well as state-of-art quality assurance instruments to guarantee high standards and consistent gas supply. Linde-GISE serves a diverse portfolio of industries in the region. These include the metallurgy, chemicals and petrochemicals, electronics, metals, aviation, construction, nuclear power, lighting, glass, medical, bio-chemical, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries, providing them with high quality products and service offerings. Linde-GISE provides total gases solutions for customers including gases, gas storage, gas delivery, pipeline supply, on-site gas supply, maintenance and training.
GISE is the No. 1 iron and steel manufacturer in Guangzhou and is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. GISE’s products are widely used in infrastructure construction.
About Linde Healthcare
Linde Healthcare is a global business unit of The Linde Group. It is present in over 50 countries, and has been extensively involved in the development of therapies and diagnostic procedures, where gases, gas technology or gas competence is needed. In surgeries, emergency services, intensive care, clinics and home care, the company offers a broad spectrum of products and services to effectively support medical practitioners and their patients. Linde Healthcare co-operates with researchers in hospitals and universities as well as a global network of physicians, clinicians and technicians working on the frontlines.
Linde Healthcare China operates across China, covering Shanghai, Guangdong, Hong Kong, Fujian, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, providing medical gases, related therapies and related technical services to hospitals and other various healthcare institutions. With Linde Healthcare’s long experience and understanding of healthcare realities, healthcare practitioners and patients alike can depend on Linde Healthcare’s solutions that are developed in compliance with international standards and best practices.
About The Linde Group
The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company, with almost 48,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2009 financial year it achieved sales of EUR 11.2 billion. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards sustainable earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services.
Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe.Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
Linde in Greater China is headquartered in Shanghai and has around 50 wholly-owned companies and joint ventures, and more than 150 operational plants in major industrial hubs across the country, with around 3,000 employees.
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