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(Archived) Praxair Increases Prices on U.S. and Canada Cylinder Gases

DANBURY, Conn., August 16, 2004 — Praxair, Inc. (NYSE:PX) subsidiaries Praxair Distribution, Inc., in the U.S., and Praxair Canada Inc., in Canada, announced today that they will increase prices between 10 and 15 percent for acetylene. These prices become effective on August 16, 2004, or as supply agreements permit.

Pricing has been revised due to rising costs of raw materials, fuel and transportation.

Praxair Distribution, Inc. and Praxair Canada Inc., and its subsidiaries and distributors deliver a large array of industrial and specialty gases, equipment, supplies, and services to thousands of customers in the United States and Canada. With hundreds of locations throughout North America, Praxair Distribution provides differentiated product and service offerings that help customers achieve their objectives faster, better and at lower total cost.  

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