Linde starts-up specialty gases plant in Indiana

               Linde starts-up specialty gases plant in Indiana

PR Newswire

MURRAY HILL, N.J. and NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., Feb. 3, 2014

MURRAY HILL, N.J.and NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Linde
North America has completed its new specialty gases plant in Hammond, Indiana.
The plant, representing a significant investment, complements the current
industrial and medical gas filling facilities and distribution activities in
operation at the site.

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The new plant produces medical, oxidizing, inert gases and blends along with
specialty gas mixtures for scientific and research applications. These
products are intended for both domestic and international markets. Bob
VanKirk, head of key customers and distributors for Linde North America, said,
"This plant is right in line with our goal to be a total gas supplier and
reinforces our commitment to Linde's independent distributor network, which
will have the ability to serve high quality products to a broad range of end

The major users for specialty gases are laboratories, universities, power
plants, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Jeffrey
Leist, project manager for the new Linde plant, said, "The specialty gases
plant will serve as a production hub for Linde's U.S. distributor business as
well as for specialty medical gases for Linde's LifeGas unit which services
the healthcare industry."

The plant includes the main inert gas and oxidant gas production room. The
individual production areas use new semi-automated filling technology.
Finally, the new plant also houses a state-of-the-art analytical laboratory
with a wide range of specialized and automated sampling systems to assure the
quality control necessary to efficiently monitor the new filling processes and
analyses of gases produced.

"We employed local contractors from the Hammond/Chicago area for each stage of
the project," said Leist. "That includes engineering design, building
construction and fill systems installation. The plant also reflects Linde's
commitment to safety and is equipped with the top-of-the-line plant and
employee safety systems and equipment. All specialty gas filling equipment for
the new plant is made here in the U.S."

About Linde in North America
The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around
63,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2012 financial
year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 15.280 bn (USD 19.9 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.

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SOURCE Linde North America

Contact: Amy Ficon, Linde corporate communications, 908-771-1491,
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