Luxxon Technology Awards Bulk Specialty Gas Delivery System Contract To Praxair Chemax

Luxxon Technology Awards Bulk Specialty Gas Delivery System Contract To Praxair Chemax

August 20, 2004

DANBURY, CT, August 20, 2004 –– Praxair Chemax Semiconductor Materials Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Praxair, Inc. (NYSE:PX), and China Petrochemical Development Corp., has been awarded a contract by light emitting diodes (LED) manufacturer, Luxxon Technology Corp. The contract will be fulfilled by Praxair Electronics, a division of Praxair based in Orangeburg, NY. Luxxon will use Praxair’s bulk specialty gas delivery systems for the first time at its new LED fab, expected to open later this year.

Gordon Chen, president of Praxair Chemax, said, “Praxair has established a leading position in gas delivery systems to LED manufacturers in Taiwan. Our Taiwan team has considerable field experience in this area, which, coupled with continuous technical advancement at Praxair, has served our customer base well.”

About Luxxon Technology Corp.
Founded in 2003, Luxxon is a subsidiary of the Hsinchu-based DRAM producer Powerchip. The company expects to start commercial production of LED technology, with a license from Mitsubishi Cable Industries, by the end of 2004. More information on Luxxon is available on the Internet at www.luxxon.com.tw.

About Praxair Chemax Semiconductor Materials
Praxair Chemax is headquartered in Jubei, Taiwan, with warehouses, clean room and silane transfill facilities in Toufen. Praxair Chemax offers a complete gas, chemical and delivery system solution to semiconductor manufacturers. Located near Hsinchu Science Based Park, it provides customers with high-purity gases and safe, reliable specialty gases and gas delivery systems. Praxair Chemax is continuing to expand its product and services portfolio, which includes 6.5 grade ammonia, high-flow bulk ammonia systems, sputtering targets and spare parts and consumables management. The offering provides the semiconductor industry an integrated source for process gases, materials supply and related equipment. www.praxair.com/semiconductor.

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