The SOL Group began operating in the technical gases sector back in 1927. The sector has a resilient and growing market, characterised by a limited dependence on economic cycles and with direct presence in local markets as a key element. It has a broad variety of diversified end markets and applications: • metallurgy and the steel industry • glass, ceramics, fibres • engineering, automotive • treatment of gas, water and refuse • food and drinks • electronics • chemical industry, rubber, plastics • pharmaceutical industry • universities and research centres The numbers • 31 companies • 22 countries • 1.330 employees • 34 primary transformation plants and 54 secondary transformation plants • more than 40, 000 customers Activity Production and sale of industrial, medical, pure and high purity technical gases. Design, manufacture and running of on-site gas production plant, storage and distribution plant, apparatus and plant for gas usage such as, for example, apparatus for cryogenic applications, freezing tunnels, oxygen burners, ozonisers, welding machines and apparatus. Supply of services related to the usage of gases produced. Gases produced and distributed Oxygen, nitrogen, argon, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, acetylene, nitrous oxide, gas mixtures, high purity gases, medical gases, food gases and gaseous helium. Main gases sold Liquid helium, gas for electronics, ammonia and combustible gases for industrial use.