Praxair Achieves Third Consecutive Top Governance Rating

Praxair Achieves Third Consecutive Top Governance Rating

September 07, 2004

DANBURY, Conn., September 7, 2004 –– Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) has received the highest rating of 10 for corporate governance from Governance Metrics International (GMI) for the third consecutive time. GMI is a leading independent governance research and ratings agency. Only 26 companies out of a total of 2,588 companies worldwide received the top rating, and only four have received the top score in three consecutive rating cycles.

GMI's rating system covers more than 600 data points in seven categories, including board accountability, disclosure, executive compensation, shareholder rights, ownership base, takeover provisions and corporate behavior and social responsibility. GMI ratings are used by institutional investors in Europe and North America for risk evaluation and portfolio screening, among other purposes.

"This rating recognizes the importance we place on good governance at Praxair, and our determination to maintain our leadership in this area," said Dennis H. Reilley, chairman and chief executive officer of Praxair.

Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2003 sales of $5.6 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric and process gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies bring productivity and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and others. More information on Praxair is available on the Internet at www.praxair.com.

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