Air Liquide has increased the prices of both liquid and gaseous forms of argon by up to 20 per cent.

The prices increases took effect on July 1, and may be even higher in certain instances where previous discounts are eliminated and existing National Surcharges are revised.

The rises are consistent with the terms and conditions of its customer supply agreements.

Pascal Vincet, president of Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP, explained the reason for the increases.

He said: \\$quot;Many of our primary argon sources are sold out. As a result, we are operating several higher cost argon generation sources and transporting argon from greater distances to supply our customers' requirements.

\\$quot;This is compounded by the fact that diesel prices have risen sharply again in 2005. The increase is therefore necessary to offset these escalating costs.\\$quot;

For further information:
The Air Liquide Group