Burckhardt Compression is the worldwide market leader for reciprocating compressors systems. As single manufacturer and service provider that covers a complete range of reciprocating compressor technologies and services. Its customized compressor systems are used in the Upstream Oil & Gas, Gas Transport and Storage, Refinery, Chemical, Petrochemical and Industrial Gas sectors. Burckhardt Compression's leading technology, high-quality compressor components and the full range of services help customers to minimize life cycle costs of their reciprocating compressor systems around the world. Since 1844 its highly skilled workforce has crafted superior solutions and set the benchmark in the gas compression industry.
Refineries process crude oil into products such as gasoline, kerosene, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as well as solvents and lubricants. Worldwide demand for refinery products will continue to grow over the long term and most of the growth in demand will stem from non-OECD countries. Additional factors encouraging investment in the refining industry are more stringent environmental regulations, cost reduction considerations, plant expansion trends and the need to process both lower-quality grades of crude oil and, in technologically more advanced processes, heavy petroleum by products. New refineries are being built in areas where new reserves of crude oil as well as tar sands and shale gas are being developed, requiring additional processing facilities. Or state-owned refineries, strategic issues regarding location and supply security are also of considerable importance.
The production of a vast range of Petrochemical / Chemical Industry products such as polyolefin (polymers), lacquers, synthetic rubbers, adhesives and dyes, solvents, paints, fertilizer, detergents or textiles entails, among other things, the processing of oil, natural gas and even coal. Demand for petrochemical and chemical products, especially for polyolefin, will steadily increase worldwide over the long term. In this application area companies will continue their efforts to reduce costs by replacing smaller scale plants with larger ones, establishing strategic production sites, and extending value added-chains.