DANBURY, Conn., September 5, 2007 — Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX), has started up a new air separation plant with a capacity of 1,300 tons per day to supply Samsung Electronics' advanced thin-film-transistor, liquid-crystal-display (TFT-LCD) factory in Tangjeong, South Korea. In addition to nitrogen, oxygen and argon, Praxair supplies helium and hydrogen by pipeline to the facility.
Samsung's newest complex is the world's first seventh-generation TFT-LCD complex, comprised of four production lines.
"Praxair Korea has enjoyed a cooperative relationship with Samsung for over 15 years and supplies 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."
Praxair also is building a 1,975-tons-per-day air-separation unit in Korea's Hwasung semiconductor complex which will supply ultra-high-purity gases to Samsung Electronics. The plant is scheduled to start up in 2008.
About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductors, telecommunications, and digital convergence technology. Samsung Electronics is the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced semiconductors, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones, monitors and VCRs. The company consists of four main business units: Device Solution Network, Digital Media Network, Telecommunication Network and Digital Appliance Network Businesses. More information on Samsung Electronics is available on the Internet at: www.samsung.com.
About Praxair Electronics
Praxair Electronics provides the global semiconductor industry with process consumables, including a full line of gases and materials; sputtering targets; CMP pads; on-site services; chamber components including electrostatic chucks; and spare-parts logistics services. In 2006, Praxair’s sales to the global electronics industry were about $650 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 2006 sales of $8.3 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
Susan Szita Gore