Praxair's AMKO Services Adds Additional Pneumatic Retesting Capabilities

Praxair's AMKO Services Adds Additional Pneumatic Retesting Capabilities

June 14, 2004

DANBURY, Conn., June 14, 2004 — AMKO Service Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Praxair, Inc., (NYSE: PX) announced today that it is now offering pneumatic retesting of carbon dioxide trailers at its Adelanto, California facility. In addition to the Adelanto facility, pneumatic retesting of carbon dioxide trailers is performed at AMKO's Gnadenhutten, Ohio facility. The pneumatic test when compared to standard hydrostatic testing reduces testing time by approximately 25% and eliminates introduction of water into the vessel that may contribute to contamination, oxidation and additional dry out time.

 

The pneumatic retesting process can be used on trailer equipment used to transport liquid industrial gas products including carbon dioxide, ammonia, liquid natural gas, argon, nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen. "AMKO is pleased to be able to extend our pneumatic retesting service to additional AMKO sites. Customers will benefit from AMKO’s many years of experience performing pneumatic trailer testing.” said AMKO President Mike Sinicropi. "All AMKO locations are registered with the US Department of Transportation and Transport Canada as qualified retest facilities."

Headquartered in Dover, Ohio, AMKO is a comprehensive service provider to the industrial gas industry with over 125 specialists operating from 5 U.S. facilities. AMKO offers a wide variety of cryogenic services including manufacture of new cryogenic trailers and rehabilitation and repair of cryogenic trailers, tanks and railcars, and the fabrication of vacuum jacketed piping and gas regulator manifolds. AMKO is qualified to perform acoustic emission retesting of high-pressure cylinders, both mobile and stationary, at its U.S. locations and overseas. Additional information about AMKO is available on the Internet at www.amkoservice.com.

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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