DANBURY, Conn., January 24, 2005 — Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) has been selected to supply multiple products to Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.'s expanding operations in Korea. Praxair will supply nitrogen, oxygen, argon, helium and silane to Samsung for its expanded semiconductor complex in Hwasung. Praxair will design, build and operate an air separation plant using its engineering organizations in Korea, China and the U.S. to meet Samsung's schedule requirements.
"Praxair's large air separation plants have demonstrated quality, reliability and operational efficiencies and continue to meet the most stringent requirements of the semiconductor industry," said Mark Gruninger, vice president, Praxair Electronics. "We are committed to supporting Samsung's expanded production capabilities with a broad portfolio of products."
"Praxair Korea has enjoyed a cooperative relationship with Samsung for over 15 years and will supply the company's main manufacturing complexes in Gihueng, Hwasung and Tangjeong," said K.H. Lee, president of Praxair Korea. "We believe our world-class supply capability of on-site, bulk and process gases will only strengthen our future together."
About Praxair Electronics
Praxair Electronics provides the global semiconductor industry with process consumables including: a full line of gases and materials, sputtering targets, CMP slurries, on-site services, chamber components including, electrostatic chucks, and spare parts logistics services. In 2003, Praxair's sales to the global electronics industry were $420 million. More information on Praxair Electronics is available on the Internet at www.praxair.com/electronics.
About Praxair, Inc.
Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2003 sales of $5.6 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric and process gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies bring productivity and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and others. More information on Praxair is available on the Internet at www.praxair.com.
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