BCGA is a not-for-profit Trade Association, representing the interests of about 70 member companies:-
- manufacturers and suppliers of bulk liquid and cylinder gases
- manufacturers of cylinders, vessels and tanks for their storage and distribution
- manufacturers of equipment for controlling the application and use of gases
- installers of distribution pipework and systems
- providers of specialist safety, health, quality, inspection and training services
- Which we do through dialogue with relevant Government Departments and Agencies, Standards Organisations and other Trade Associations.
We were established as BCGA since 1971, having previously existed since 1904 as the British Acetylene Manufacturers Association.
BCGA's Mission is to ensure safety in the use, storage, transportation and handling of industrial gases, which we do in part through our many respected publications. These are kept up to date through regular updates and may be viewed through the tab above and left.
The term "industrial gases" refers to gases such as acetylene, argon, ammonia, carbon dioxide, chlorine, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, etc., used in a wide range of applications.
It also covers speciality gases and equipment used in the electronics, food, scientific and medical sectors. BCGA does not represent the interests of the compressed air or natural gas industries.
A condition of BCGA membership is to comply with and uphold the standards and practices approved within BCGA publications. We do not accredit, approve or otherwise recommend individual members and any parties who trade with BCGA members should apply their own diligence in the normal ways. Trading partners can at least be sure that BCGA members operate to current best practice.
Members may follow the work of the Technical Committee and its various Technical Sub-Committees within the Members Area of the website.
BCGA's work and developments are showcased each year through our annual conference in the spring. A short video clip from 2011's event can be viewed by clicking here.
Dates and venues of future BCGA Conferences are:-
Thursday 10th April 2014 at Marriott Worsley Park, Manchester.
We also maintain a close rapport with GasWorld Magazine, which headlines developments in the industrial gases industry throughout the year and is a key supporter to BCGA Conferences.
BCGA is a member of the European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA) and of the CBI and its Trade Association Forum (TAF).