Air Products will increase schedule pricing on liquid/bulk oxygen, nitrogen, and helium by up to 20 per cent and argon by 25 per cent for merchant and government customers in North America.

The company will also eliminate discounts on monthly service charges and other services. The changes are effective from 1 January 2006.

Air Products will also continue its ongoing regional surcharge efforts where appropriate. The pricing and surcharge initiatives are needed to address the unprecedented cost increases associated with the production and distribution of its merchant gas products, as well as the capital investment needed for Air Products to maintain its high standards of customer service and supply.