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 URBANA, Ill., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX), and Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced an agreement that will make their combined oxy-fuel expertise available to the glass industry. As a result, glass manufacturers will have one-stop access to a wide range of capabilities that can increase productivity and glass quality, while decreasing glass-furnace emissions.
 Under terms of the agreement, Praxair and Corning will offer combustion equipment, oxygen supply, oxy-fuel technology, furnace engineering assistance, furnace operations and project management to glass makers. The agreement will cover all of North America, parts of South America, continental western Europe and selected countries in Asia.
 In addition to each company's current offerings, Praxair, a leading supplier of oxygen and combustion technology to the glass industry, and Corning, one of the world's largest glass manufacturers and developer of oxy-fuel combustion systems, also will jointly develop new technology to meet future needs for increased process productivity, cost savings, more efficient energy utilization, environmental compliance and higher quality glass. Customers can call either company, and have access to the combined resources of both Praxair and Corning.
 One of the benefits of the agreement will be a more widespread availability of proven oxy-fuel systems, which utilize oxygen and either oil or natural gas in glass furnaces. The conversion to oxy-fuel technology in the glass industry is growing as a replacement for air-fuel technology. This is because when oxygen is used in the furnace instead of air, the furnace does not produce high levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx). Many states limit the amount of NOx emissions from glass furnaces, and are prompting glass companies to search for solutions that will eliminate emissions while keeping costs down and productivity up.
 "This agreement combines Corning's expertise in oxy-fuel technology -- including furnace engineering, combustion technology, furnace operations and project management -- with Praxair's strengths in oxygen supply and combustion technology," said Ben Bansal, manager of engineering technology sales at Corning. "Both companies have proven track records of successful oxy-fuel conversions."
 "This agreement brings customers the best of both companies and the most up-to-date advances in oxy-fuel technology, without the hassle of coordinating with several different suppliers," said Praxair's Ray Metz, manager - On Site Applications. "We can offer our customers access to combined Praxair and Corning resources and total project management capabilities -- from beginning to end."
 The announcement was made here this week at the Glass Problems Conference, an industry forum for glass manufacturers, suppliers, academicians and other industry experts to discuss current issues and concerns in the glass industry.
 The Oxy-Fuel Advantage
 "A growing number of glass makers are converting their furnaces to oxy-fuel combustion because it is a low-risk method of meeting environmental regulations without increasing overall costs or affecting glass quality," said Bansal.
 Both Praxair and Corning are leaders in the area of oxy-fuel combustion and have worked together in the past to perform successful oxy-fuel furnace conversions.
 "We have found oxy-fuel systems to be one of the most effective methods of reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions from the glass making process," said Metz. "Not only are these systems environmentally superior, they can provide significant fuel savings and quality improvements."
 Praxair, based in Danbury, Conn., is the largest industrial gases supplier in North and South America and one of the largest in the world, with 1992 sales of $2.6 billion. The company also is a leading worldwide supplier of ceramic and metal coating and powders. Praxair was formerly Union Carbide Industrial Gases and Linde in North America, and has been supplying gases to the glass industry for more than 50 years.
 Headquartered in Corning, N.Y., Corning Incorporated is a Fortune 200 company and one of the world's largest manufacturers of specialty glass. The company has completed more than 50 oxy-fuel conversions of glass furnaces. Corning also is a leading supplier of clinical, pharmaceutical and environmental laboratory testing services, ceramic substrates and filters for emissions control, and optical fiber and components for the telecommunications industry. Corning's 1992 sales totaled some $3.7 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Victoria Petrock of Praxair, 203-794-5565, or Andy Norton of Corning, 607-974-8769/

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