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SET COMMON INDUSTRIAL GAS STANDARDS, URGES EIGA'S CABLE

 SAN FRANCISCO, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Creating a common set of operating standards represents one of the largest challenges - and opportunities - for the worldwide industrial gases industry, said Thomas H. Cable - president of the European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA) and vice president of Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) - in an address today at the Compressed Gas Association's (CGA) annual meeting.
 "The goal of our two organizations should be the creation of a common set of operating standards that will simplify the industry, enhance our commitment to safety, and result in a lower cost structure for our customers," said Mr. Cable. "I see no reason why, if we believe in free trade, we shouldn't be able to use our equipment interchangeably any place we operate."
 While the North American industrial gases industry has common standards for pressure and equipment safety, they do not coincide with European standards, which frequently vary from country-to-country. Mr. Cable cited an example: "A cryogenic tank qualified for 15-bar or 270 pounds-per-square-inch (PSI) pressure service in Germany will qualify only for 8-bar or 120 PSI service in France. It's the same tank, but it just crossed a border."
 The creation of the European Community has given the EIGA the opportunity to initiate an aggressive program of standardization. According to Mr. Cable, the EIGA is currently reviewing inconsistent standards and recommending modifications that would permit cross-border use of equipment such as trucks, cylinders and tanks without special authorization.
 Mr. Cable pledged the full support of EIGA in helping the CGA membership to begin a worldwide standardization effort.
 "We in the EIGA understand the challenges of harmonizing standards among different nations and cultures," said Mr. Cable, "and we're ready to work with CGA members to get the process underway."
 The EIGA has 93 member companies, with representation in all of the 12 countries of the European Community. Its primary objectives are to promote safety awareness and performance, equipment standardization, and environmental responsibility.
 Praxair, Inc. is the largest industrial gases supplier in North and South America and one of the largest in the world, with annual sales of $2.6 billion. The company also is a leading producer of ceramic and metallic coatings and powders. Formerly Union Carbide Industrial Gases Inc., Praxair was also known as Linde in North America.
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