Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP announces price increases for its U.S. industrial and medical gas products.

The price increases will be up to 10 per cent for liquid oxygen, liquid nitrogen, helium, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, dry ice and liquid argon. Facility fees will increase 15 per cent. Existing discounts may also be reduced or eliminated for all products.

"We are committed to maintaining the high level of service that our customers expect. Accordingly, this price adjustment is necessary to, among other things, allow us to invest in additional production and supply facilities to meet customer demand and to hire and retain qualified drivers who can uphold our high standards of safety," said Etienne Lepoutre, president, Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP.

These increases will be effective 1 September 2006 or according to the terms of customer contracts.