BOC, the UK’s biggest industrial and medical gases business, welcomed Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism and key customers from industrial and high-tech sectors in Scotland at a ceremony to mark the official opening of its upgraded facility in Motherwell this week.
The event was a double celebration, marking 50 years since BOC Motherwell first opened and the recent completion of a £13.6m upgrade at the facility, which includes a new state-of-the-art Air Separation Unit to serve its 18,000 Scottish customers.
Fergus Ewing commented: “The engineering industry is vitally important to Scotland’s economy, offering a gross value add of £4.5 billion and employing 50,000 people. The manufacturing methods provided by companies like BOC help support industry, increase supply to meet energy demand. With its rich heritage, I am delighted to see BOC retain its presence in Scotland, and with an enhanced manufacturing facility equipped to service the Scottish and UK construction markets for many years to come.”
The revamped site, which has a reduced carbon footprint and greater energy efficiency, is the result of a multi-million pound investment from BOC and its parent, The Linde Group, as well as an award from Scottish Enterprise under the Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) programme.
Scottish Enterprise Company Growth Director Mick McHugh attended the opening and said: "RSA funding is one of the key tools we use to help companies based in Scotland achieve their growth potential and to safeguard and create jobs. BOC is exactly the type of company we want to support – an important local employer and a company with both the desire and capacity for growth. I’m delighted we have been able to contribute to the creation of this new facility.”
BOC Motherwell is Scotland's only source of liquefied air gases, and a vital supplier to the Scottish economy. It serves customers ranging from offshore oil exploration and renewable energy, through engineering and chemicals, to aquaculture and NHS Scotland.
Mike Huggon, Managing Director of BOC, said: “This investment is proof of our long-term commitment to support, and play an active part in, Scotland’s economic growth and prosperity. I would like to thank the Scottish Government for their assistance in making this happen.”