Leading Australian gases and engineering company BOC has invested a cool $4 million in an expansion of its dry-ice production footprint around the South Pacific.
BOC has announced a major rollout of ICEBITZZZ® dry-ice production and retail facilities in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea providing convenient, costeffective and environmentally friendly dry ice for a range of domestic and industrial needs.
The company has established ICEBITZZZ® Hubs at its Gas & Gear retail outlets in the Queensland towns of Mackay and Labrador as well as Canberra in the ACT, Dandenong in Victoria, Mount Gambier in South Australia, the West Australian mining hub of Karratha and the New Zealand wine region of Palmerston North.
Additionally, BOC manufactures dry ice at more production facilities than ever before, including at Townsville and Rocklea in Queensland, Preston in Victoria, Torrensville in South Australia, Canning Vale in WA, Darwin in the Northern Territory and the New Zealand cities of Christchurch and Auckland.
BOC has also become the first company to establish commercial dry ice production in Papua New Guinea with a new facility at Lae, as well as Suva in Fiji.
BOC’s Market Manager for Advanced Gas Applications, Deian Jones, said ICEBITZZZ® dry ice had a wide range of applications, such as the hospitality and catering sector, the wine industry, cold chain logistics, dry ice blasting, camping, boating and more.
“BOC is excited to be expanding its dry-ice footprint throughout the South Pacific as part of our ongoing commitment to progressive product development and service delivery,’’ Mr Jones said.
“When it comes to dry ice, we closely work together with leading manufacturers of dry ice equipment, scientific institutions and specialist technicians, enabling us to develop uniquely innovative solutions that are tailor-made for optimal results,’’ he said.
The retail facilities, also known as ICEBITZZZ® Collect, produce their own dry ice on site for collection, ensuring the highest possible freshness and quality.
ICEBITZZZ® dry ice is flavourless and odourless, non-poisonous, non-flammable and much colder than water ice. It also produces no residue and requires no on-site electricity.
What is dry ice? Depending on the pressure and temperature, carbon dioxide (CO2) can occur in three states: gaseous, liquid, or solid. Dry ice is CO2 in its solid state. It is made by reducing the pressure and temperature of liquid CO2 in a controlled manner; this causes it to convert into a clean, white CO2 snow. This snow can be used as is, or it can be compressed under high pressure to form blocks, slices, pellets, or nuggets.