CO2 news sees slump in demand for welding gases, says Gas Review

CO2 news sees slump in demand for welding gases, says Gas Review

In 2020 Japan saw shipments of liquefied carbon dioxide (CO2) fall by 7% year on year to 690,000 tonnes and demand for use in welding, the largest application area for the gas, was low due to Covid-19 crisis, according to The Gas Review.

In other areas, the automotive industry saw plant operation rates fall, as did the construction equipment industries. The demand for the main users in shipbuilding was also weak, with shipments falling around 13% in the first half of the year compared with last year.

Recovery was apparent in the automobile industry whereas orders received in shipbuilding dropped in comparison to pre-pandemic levels.

April and May 2020 saw the demand for beverage applications fall, due to food and drink establishments staying closed during the pandemic.

Dry ice was another commodity that saw a drop in production, with levels in Japan down 6% year on year to 310,000 tonnes.

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