Hyosung and Astor recognised for Supplier Excellence by Linde

  Hyosung and Astor recognised for Supplier Excellence by Linde

Annual Linde Global Supplier Awards presented for exceptional quality, safety,
                     delivery and technology performance

Business Wire

MUNICH -- May 28, 2013

Linde Electronics, the global electronics business of The Linde Group, has
announced its prestigious Linde Electronics Global Supplier Awards commending
exceptional performance and supplier commitment based on Linde’s supplier
ranking metrics in 2012.

The Linde Electronics Preferred Supplier Award has been awarded to Hyosung in
recognition of the company’s continued world-class performance and commitment
to Linde Electronics. Astor has been recognised as the Most Improved Supplier
in 2012 for demonstrating consistent and reliable supply by continuous efforts
in quality improvements as well as commercial support.

The Linde Electronics Global Supplier Awards are determined using the results
of a comprehensive annual supplier performance audit involving all major raw
material providers to Linde Electronics. Assessments covering commercial,
quality, safety, delivery, technology road-mapping and responsiveness are
conducted across Linde Electronics’ stakeholders.

“Suppliers such as Hyosung and Astor play a critical role in the success of
our global electronics business,” said Peter Owen, Head of Linde Electronics.
“With our shared commitment to continuous innovation and investment to improve
quality and cost-effectiveness, these partnerships ensure our continued mutual
success in the fast-growing electronics market.”

Hyosung achieved the highest 2012 overall score among Linde Electronics’
global supply base by providing excellent products, services and
responsiveness; proactively supporting Linde in terms of product needs;
ensuring good quality operations in a safe working environment; and consistent
on-time delivery.

“We are delighted to have been recognised by Linde as a quality supplier,”
said Joseph Youngjoon Jun, President of Neochem Performance Unit (Subsidiary
of Hyosung). “We are dedicated to support Linde with ultra-high purity and
reliable products as well as premier services to achieve further business
excellence. We look forward to further developing our collaborative
relationship to maximise our collective strengths and develop new business
opportunities around the world.”

Astor achieved the highest improvement in 2012 overall score among Linde
Electronics global supply base by e.g. improving overall cost positions and
demonstrating the ability to meet the electronics industry's quality
requirements during the 2013 audit.

Linde is a leading global supplier of ultra-high purity bulk and specialty
gases, gas systems and services to the semiconductor, display and advanced
materials industries.

About The Linde Group

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around
62,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2012 financial
year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 15.280 bn. The strategy of the Group is
geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its
international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts
responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society
and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and
locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and
products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com or Linde
Electronics at www.linde-gas.com/electronics.


Sophie Chen
Marketing Communications Manager
Linde Electronics
Tel: +86 21 6105 9888-9465
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