Air Liquide Celebrates Start up of New Plant in Cleburne, Texas

  Air Liquide Celebrates Start up of New Plant in Cleburne, Texas

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HOUSTON -- April 5, 2013

Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP (“Air Liquide”) held a ribbon cutting ceremony
on April 5, 2013 to celebrate its new nitrogen liquefier at its facility in
Cleburne, Texas.

The new liquefier, the second of two now in operation at the Cleburne
facility, will enable Air Liquide to increase its supply of liquid nitrogen to
customers in a range of industries, including food & beverage, manufacturing,
glass, electronics, oil and gas, and chemicals.

To support the increased production capacity, Air Liquide will increase its
workforce in Cleburne by as many as 21 permanent employees over the next two
years. Nearly 2,000 of Air Liquide’s 5,000 U.S. employees work in Texas, and
in 2012 alone, Air Liquide made five major investments in its Texas

In his remarks given at the event, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc.
Chairman & CEO Michael Graff stated: “Today we celebrate the opening of our
expanded production capabilities here in Cleburne to meet the growing needs of
our customers in the region. Our expansion is proof that Air Liquide continues
to see great potential in the growth of industry throughout the U.S., and we
continue to seek and develop opportunities in communities such as those in
Cleburne and Johnson County.”

Among those attending the ceremony were U.S. Congressman Roger Williams from
the 25th District of Texas; Jerry Cash, Director of Economic Development for
the City of Cleburne; and, Cathy Marchel, President of the Cleburne Chamber of

Air Liquide in the U.S.

Air Liquide companies in the U.S. employ about 5,000 employees in over 200
locations, and offer 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 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.


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