On October 11th 1963, in Sindos of Thessaloniki, “OLYMPOS AERIA” was founded as a subsidiary of LINDE AG active in the production of industrial gases with an acetylene production plant.
The oxygen and nitrogen production plant was the first plant in Greece where products were produced through the cryogenic air separation process.
In 1974 the company started the operation of a new complex in Elefsina, with large liquefied gas storage areas where filling took place, as well as a new acetylene production plant. In the same year, the Gas Applications Department was created and manned with specialized scientists focusing on complete solutions for the customers.
In October 1977 the “OLYMPOS AERIA” was renamed to “Linde Hellas”.
Following the expansion which took place the same year at Thessaloniki’s facilities, oxygen production doubled and respectively nitrogen production tripled. Also, in the same year the company launched the production of liquefied pure argon.
In 1984, the company proceeded with a significant investment on Sindos facilities, achieving to increase the capacities of liquefied nitrogen and argon. The production of hydrogen in Elefsina started 1 year later.
In 1988, Linde Hellas celebrates 25 years of presence in the Greek market. A year before, the construction of a new plant of liquefied oxygen, nitrogen and argon started in Volos, Magnesia
In 1997 Linde following the market needs, proceeded with another investment in Mandra, this time with a high technology plant for the production of liquid oxygen, liquid nitrogen and liquid argon. Further, the company created a fully equipped chemical laboratory located in Mandra’s facilities, providing quality control processes and producing specialty gases.
Since 2003 a new CO2 pellet (dry ice) production plant and filling plant for refrigerants have been operating in Schimatari, Viotia.
A large production unit for liquid oxygen, liquid nitrogen and liquid argon started operating in 2004 in the Elefsina area, close to Linde factory in Mandra. These investments achieved to cover the increasing needs of Southern Greece. Furthermore, since 2004 Linde Gas Bitola in Skopje (FYROM) as a subsidiary of Linde Hellas has been operating a carbon dioxide production plant contributing in the efficient serving of our customers not only in Greece but also in Balkan countries.
In 2005 Linde launches the first Healthcare shop in Athens, serving people with respiratory problems and providing homecare equipment. The same year, the on-site oxygen production plant is constructed in SOVEL, Volos.
Linde purchased AEROSKOPIO SA, a gas company with a focus on special gases & equipment and annual revenue of 2MEUR.
In 2008 the construction of new headquarters of Linde Hellas was completed in Mandra. The modern building facilities created an ideal working environment and contributed to a better customer service.
In 2009 Linde was awarded by the European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA) with the Safety Award and the EIGA Golden Safety Award for Sindos factory.
In 2012 an expansion of the plant in Mandra increases the capacity and enables filling Helium of higher purity reaching grade of 6.0. The project was initiated in June 2012 with support from the regional engineering team and was completed end of Jan 2013. The design of the new Plant meets all the requirements of a modern He filling station. The new plant capacity is increased by 30% in regards of gas Helium filling, 400% in regards of high purity gas Helium filling and 50% in regards of liquid Helium filling in dewars – the filling time was reduced respectively -. Capacity of the compressors used for He filling was increased by 350%.
Linde Hellas operates a refrigerant filling plant, located in Schimatari. The Quality Assurance System covers all the processes related to refrigerants cylinders filling, storing and handling in order to reinforce quality of final products, services to customers and safety. The installation of refrigerants tanks and additional filling positions for all qualities of final products, which has been recently completed, increased significantly the filling station’s capacity. Handling of refrigerants becomes friendlier to the environment, while safety is reinforced.
Athens, 19th September 2013
Linde Hellas celebrates its 50th anniversary! The company, welcomed its partners and clients at its high-end premises in Mandra Attikis to remember and to get to know the most important milestones in its long course in the Greek market and to visit the production units.
Oliver Pfann, Head of Cluster Central Eastern Europe and Middle East, visited our country particularly for this reason. He stated: “We still believe in the Greek Market. We hope for a better economic growth. We hope for the next 50 years”.
From his part, Ciprian Islai, General Manager of Linde Hellas (period 2012-2015), highlighted: “Within a particularly adverse environment for any activity, Linde Hellas continues its dynamic course staying focused on the top quality of the offered products services and the continuous support to its partners, while providing not only gases, but also technologies which optimize our customers’ processes.