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PRAXAIR ANNOUNCES PRICE INCREASE, REGULATORY SURCHARGE & DELIVERY OPTIONS

 DANBURY, Conn., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is increasing its price schedule and reducing discounts from schedule prices for U.S. merchant oxygen, nitrogen, argon and hydrogen, effective July 1, 1993. The company also is introducing a regulatory compliance surcharge and a Flexible Delivery Options Program.
 "Demand for industrial gases continues to grow more rapidly than the U.S. economy," noted Richard F. Woestman, vice president-marketing for the North American gases group. "At the same time, the cost of meeting this demand is rising despite efficiencies we have implemented."
 Schedule prices will increase between two and four percent for oxygen, nitrogen and argon. Hydrogen prices will increase 10 percent.
 A $16.50 regulatory surcharge, to cover costs of complying with a proliferating number of safety and environmental protection laws and regulations, will be applied to full truck-load volume deliveries, effective August 1, 1993. The charge will be pro-rated for partial deliveries.
 Under the new Flexible Delivery Options Program, customers who need special services, such as deliveries on short notice or only during certain hours, will be able to receive them for a fee.
 Expedited delivery fees will become effective August 1, 1993. These apply to deliveries requested with less than 24 hours notice for oxygen, nitrogen or argon; less than 48 hours for hydrogen; and less than 72 hours for helium.
 Fees for limited access (less than 24 hours-per-day, 7 days-per- week) will become effective September 1, 1993, giving customers extra time to review their situation and choose services that best fit their specific needs.
 "We recognize that some of our customers have special requirements. This program ensures that only those who choose these special services incur the charge, and that we slow the increase in costs for serving the majority of our customers," said Woestman.
 Praxair, Inc. is the largest industrial gases supplier in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 1992 sales of $2.6 billion. The company also is a leading worldwide supplier of metallic and ceramic coatings and powders. Praxair formerly was Union Carbide Industrial Gases Inc. and known as Linde in North America.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Szita Gore of Praxair, Inc., 203-794-5593/
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