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Gases, Automation Help nexAir Grow- 7/18/2012
Headquartered in Memphis, TN, with locations throughout the Mid-South U.S., nexAir is one of the largest independent gases and welding equipment distributors in the nation. The company has seen astounding growth over the past 16 years, and it has done so by honing in on the business units that are most successful. nexair is featured in the Summer 2012 issue of Welding & Gases Today, the leading magazine for the gases and welding equipment industry.
Hydrogen and propane in particular are areas of recent growth at nexAir. In 2010, the company added a hydrogen filling facility in Memphis with a 9,000-gallon storage tank and monthly fill volume of 1.5 million cu. ft. And in 2011, a propane filling plant increased nexAir’s propane cylinder fill capacity with the installation of a 30,000-gallon tank with four automated fill scales. “Our propane business started out as a convenience for our customers and was not a real focus for our sales force. We looked up one day, and we had a fairly substantial propane business,” says President Bill Proctor.
Automation and robotics are also burgeoning markets for nexAir. “Customers are looking for ways to automate their processes. As their supplier, it is our responsibility to bring them the latest technology and processes and then show them how to get a return on that investment,” says Proctor. The company is aggressively targeting customers in the manufacturing sector, looking to introduce them to robotics. Most often, it’s welding processes where nexAir’s customers have the potential to improve productivity through automation. “The technology is improving, and the cost is more affordable,” he says. “Robotics is a growing area for us, and one that will hopefully make our customers more competitive.”
To learn more about how nexAir’s growth in emerging markets, read the GAWDA member profile “nexAir: From Two Companies, One Vision,” at Welding & Gases Today Online.