American Air Liquide too will be making a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross as a contribution to relief efforts related to the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina.

The contribution follows Air Products’ and Praxair’s example; both US industrial gas giants have donated the same amount for the cause this week.

According to Air Liquide’s announcement today, throughout the past week the company’s top priority has been the safety and well being of its employees and customers, their families and the welfare of others in our communities.

In addition to addressing the immediate and longer-term needs of its employees and their families in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Air Liquide has remained committed to keeping its facilities operating safely and productively for its customers.

The announcement stated:\\$quot;In respect of the communities in which we operate and with a desire to assist those affected to meet the challenges they face in light of this tragedy, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., is contributing $100,000 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

“This donation is in addition to funds also being contributed by Air Liquide employees, which the company is matching. Contributions in kind and basic life supplies were also given and an active involvement in the supply of medical gases helped FEMA deal with the most urgent medical emergencies.”

Pierre Dufour, president and CEO, said: “We at Air Liquide are deeply saddened by the tragedy brought about by Hurricane Katrina. It is our hope that our employees, customers, neighbours and friends in the communities affected will be able to return to a normal life in the near term.

“Our thoughts and actions are with them during this trying time. For our part, we will continue to do whatever we can to help those in need.”