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Industrial and medical gases

The term industrial gases refer to gases such as acetylene, argon, ammonia, carbon dioxide, chlorine, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and a range of other speciality gases, used in a wide range of applications.

The industrial gases sector, and the industrial and medical gases companies it represents, are an important enabler for many strategic industry sectors that support the Australian economy.

Industrial gases [1] are essential to a diverse range of industries including:

  • Water treatment – Oxygen and carbon dioxide can be used to improve water treatment
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Food processing – Carbon dioxide and nitrogen can be used to freeze food; carbon dioxide is used in beverages and in dry ice production.
  • Refining and petrochemical plants
  • Electricity generation
  • Chemical processing.

Medical gases [1] are essential to:

  • Healthcare - Oxygen is used in hospitals, aged care facilities and in-home patients. Nitrous oxide is used in surgery and medical procedures.
  • Medical imaging - Helium is used in MRIs
  • Cryobiology and cryotherapy, including assisted fertility and sample retention.

Australia New Zealand Industrial Gas Association (ANZIGA) represents companies that produce and distribute industrial gases, including bulk and compressed gas for the industrial, medical, food, scientifically and hospitality markets in Australia and New Zealand.


Safe use, storage, transport and handling of industrial, food and medical gases is important.

ANZIGA publish a range of safety publications covering topics including:

  • Cylinders, installation, decant filling, manual handling, etc.
  • Acetylene
  • Load restraint and transport
  • Medical gas
  • Hydrogen

Additional safety information is also available on the following topics:

  • Transport
  • Flammable gases
  • Helium
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Toxic gases
  • Hydrogen


Hydrogen is a major industrial gas and is utilised across a range of industries. It is widely used in the production of bulk chemicals, intermediates and specialty chemicals.

Hydrogen can be used as a green energy source and is a major player in a cleaner energy future.

More information on hydrogen is available on the ANZIGA website.

Become a member of Chemistry Australia

  • Membership of Chemistry Australia signals your commitment to the industry and ensures your organisation can play an active role in shaping the future for Australia’s chemistry sector.
    By working together, we can have a stronger voice to prosecute the key challenges facing our industry and advance chemistry as a critical enabler of a safer, more sustainable future for Australia and the broader community.

    Chemistry Australia Chair, David Hawkins

    • Effective and more influential industry advocacy to complement your business’ strategic objectives
    • Opportunities to influence the industry’s position on key policy and regulatory matters
    • Timely industry intelligence, analysis, and services to help inform your business decisions
    • Tailored tools and resources to save your organisation time, effort and money
  • We offer membership packages tailored to best meet the needs of businesses in, and associated with, the Australian chemistry industry:
    Corporate membership for businesses that manufacture chemical products, import, store, handle and/or distribute chemical and plastic products, convert plastics, or are involved in research, technology and education.
    Affiliate membership for organisations that represent a sector of the industry in Australia and internationally.
    Partner membership for organisations that provide services, equipment and professional development to the industry.
    Associate membership for SMEs and organisations in the chemistry industry value chain. 

  • All membership enquiries are welcome.
    Please contact Chemistry Australia on 03 9611 5400 or email .
    We look forward to working with you.