Praxair Mexico Starts Up New Air Separation Plant

Praxair Mexico Starts Up New Air Separation Plant

November 19, 2010

MONTERREY, NL, México, November 19, 2010 — Praxair México, a subsidiary of Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX), has started up a new air separation unit with the capacity of 400 tons per day and has also increased its liquid storage capacity in the San Nicolas Industrial Complex in the Monterrey metropolitan area, Nuevo Leon, México.

This additional production and storage capacity allows Praxair to enhance its supply system to meet growing demand by current customers as well as to support future growth in this important industrial region of Mexico.

The new facility is part of the San Nicolas Complex where Praxair already operates an air separation unit and carbon dioxide plant.  Oxygen, nitrogen, argon and carbon dioxide are delivered both as gases through an 80-kilometer pipeline and as liquids through an efficient logistics network serving a wide variety of customers in the north region of the country.

“This investment positions Praxair to meet growing industrial demand in the region with a reliable supply of high quality products and services.  It demonstrates Praxair´s long-term commitment to our customers and to Mexico,” said Murilo Melo, president and general director Praxair México.

About Praxair Mexico
Praxair Mexico is a leading industrial gas provider in Mexico, operating as a global company with local efficiency and with world-class capacities. It operates more than 300 production, distribution and sales sites, has 2,500 employees and serves more than 35,000 customers in a wide range of industries.

About Praxair
Praxair, Inc. is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2009 sales of $9 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty 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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