SHANGHAI, China, September 27, 2006 — Shanghai Chemical Industry Park Industrial Gases Company (SCIPIG), a 50-50 joint venture between Praxair Inc. and Air Liquide, two leading global suppliers of industrial gas, has reached an agreement with Bayer MaterialScience to supply industrial gases to facilities at the Bayer Integrated Site Shanghai.
Under the 15-year industrial gases pipeline supply contract, SCIPIG will supply oxygen and nitrogen from its air separation facility, which has a total capacity of 8,250 cubic meters per hour (about 277 tons per day). Deliveries under the contract are expected to start in 2008.
Prior to the contract, SCIPIG, founded in December 2001, had already been awarded major contracts by SECCO, Sinopec Shanghai Gaoqiao Co., BASF Chemicals Co., Ltd. (BACH), Huntsman Polyurethane Shanghai Ltd. (HPS), Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical Co., Ltd., Shanghai Lianheng Isocyanate Co., Ltd. (SLIC) and Shanghai BASF Polyurethane Co., Ltd. (SBPC). With a designed production capacity of over 100,000 cubic meters per hour (about 1800 tons per day), SCIPIG ranks as one of the largest industrial gas production bases in China and all of Asia. Today SCIPIG provides a complete range of products including oxygen, nitrogen, compressed air, carbon monoxide, hydrogen and steam to its customers.
About Bayer MaterialScience
Bayer MaterialScience, a part of the Bayer Group, is a leading global provider of high-tech materials and innovative system solutions, 2005 sales of 10.7 billion euros. Its products are used extensively in the automotive, electrical engineering / electronics, construction, sports and leisure, as well as in the furniture and lifestyle industries. It employs more than 18,800 people and has approximately 40 production sites worldwide. At the Bayer Integrated Site Shanghai, Bayer is investing US$1.8 billion until 2009 to establish worldscale facilities for the production of polyurethanes raw materials, polycarbonates, and coatings raw materials. When completed, these will be among Bayer MaterialScience's most technologically-advanced and large-scaled facilities globally.
About Air Liquide
Air Liquide is the world leader in industrial and medical gases and related services being present in more than 70 countries. The Group offers innovative solutions based on constantly enhanced technologies. These solutions, which are consistent with Air Liquide's commitment to sustainable development, help to protect life and enable our customers to manufacture many indispensable everyday products.
Founded in 1902, Air Liquide has nearly 36,000 employees and sales in 2005 totaled 10,435 million euros, with sales outside France accounting for almost 80%. The Group has successfully developed a long-term relationship with its shareholders built on trust and transparency and guided by the principles of corporate governance. Since the publication of its first consolidated financial statements in 1971, Air Liquide has posted strong and steady earnings growth. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris stock exchange and is a component of the CAC 40 and Eurostoxx 50 indices (ISIN code FR 0000120073).
With 2005 sales of $7.7 billion, Praxair Inc. (NYSE:PX) is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide. With 27,000 employees and operations in 40 countries, Praxair works closely with 1 million customers worldwide to develop technically innovation and economically efficient business solutions to meet the changing needs and dynamics of the market. Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty 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. For more information, please visit Praxair at www.praxair.com or Praxair China at www.praxair.com.cn.