Air Liquide Announces Expansion in California

  Air Liquide Announces Expansion in California

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- March 13, 2013

Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP (“Air Liquide”) today announces a new carbon
dioxide liquefaction plant in the California central valley. The plant joins
Air Liquide’s five other industrial gas liquefaction plants in California.

The new 450-ton facility, located in Tulare County, will capture carbon
dioxide gases from an ethanol plant owned by Calgren Renewable Fuels, LLC. The
carbon dioxide recovered will then be purified and liquefied by Air Liquide to
meet beverage grade specifications for the diverse food, beverage and
manufacturing industries in the region. The facility will serve Air Liquide
customers in the central valley and the Los Angeles basin, and is slated to be
operational by the end of this year.

Air Liquide also announces the expansion of its Wilmington, Calif., carbon
dioxide plant. The expansion will increase plant capacity and storage and
improve service to the southern California market, whose demand is largely
driven by growth in the food and beverage industry. The Wilmington plant is
one of seven U.S. Air Liquide carbon dioxide liquefaction facilities that have
received the Food Safety System Certification 22000 (“FSSC 22000”), an
internationally-recognized standard for food safety systems.

Said Mark Lostak, president of Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP: “Today’s
announcements signify Air Liquide’s continued commitment to growth in
California and, most importantly, high quality products and service to
customers throughout the region.”

Liquid carbon dioxide provides manufacturers the benefit of quickly freezing
and preserving their products. It also helps maintain safe temperatures that
improve quality in certain manufacturing processes.

Six other Air Liquide carbon dioxide liquefaction plants in the U.S. have also
received the FSSC 22000. Those plants are located in: Delaware City, Del.;
Martinez, Calif.; Sioux City, Iowa; Wood River, Ill.; Washington, Ind.; and
Donaldsonville, La. Air Liquide will also pursue certification for the newly
announced Tulare County facility.

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the
environment, and is present in 80countries with close to 50,000employees.
Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air
Liquide’s activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air
Liquide continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current
and future markets. The Group innovates for the good of society while
delivering growth and consistent performance.

Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry’s energy
use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow,
such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy… Oxygen for hospitals, home
healthcare, fighting nosocomial infections… Air Liquide combines many products
and technologies to develop valuable applications and services not only for
its customers but also for society.

A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment,
customer trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable,
competitive growth. The diversity of Air Liquide’s teams, businesses, markets
and geographic presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its
development and strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer
new territories and build its future.

Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life, staying
true to its Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development
approach. In 2012, the Group’s revenues amounted to €15.3billion of which
82% were generated outside France. AirLiquide is listed on the Paris Euronext
stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones
Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.

Air Liquide in the U.S.

Air Liquide companies in the U.S. employ about 5,000 employees in over 200
locations, and offers industrial gases, equipment and related services to
customers in the large industries, industrial merchant, electronics and
healthcare markets.

Industrial Merchant activities of Air Liquide

The Industrial Merchant business line manages the production and distribution
of gases in bulk and cylinders, and provides customers with the applications
and services required for their implementation. Its customers range from
tradesmen to major businesses and use industrial gases in 5 key sectors: food
and pharmaceuticals, automobile and manufacturing, crafts and distribution,
materials and energy, and technology and research.


Air Liquide
U.S. Corporate Communications
Heather Browne, 713-624-8594
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