Praxair India Private Limited, a subsidiary of Praxair, Inc. plans to construct a new air separation plant in the rapidly growing Pune-Mumbai industrial corridor of western India.

The plant, with a capacity of 300 tons per day, is located 60 kilometers from Mumbai, at an industrial estate near Kalyan. It will supply liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon to customers in the Maharashtra and Gujarat regions, some of the largest and fastest growing merchant market in India.

Asit Gangopadhyay, Managing Director of Praxair India explained the wider significance of this investment, “This plant will help Praxair India move closer to its customers and expand its geographic reach.”

“Praxair’s unmatched application technology capabilities offer value-added solutions to our customers and will further improve our competitive position in this market. Based on strong customer demand, we plan to install additional liquid capacity in the region in the near future,” continued Gangopadhyay.

According to Praxair the plant is scheduled to begin operations in late 2012. Maharashtra and Gujarat are a major hub of automotive, pharmaceutical and general manufacturing industries which use a number of industrial gas applications. Other industries in the region include chemical, food processing, textile, glass and aluminium.

Praxair India has built large air separation units to supply industrial gases to companies such as Tata Steel, JSW Steel, Steel Authority of India (SAIL), Saint-Gobain Glass, Haldia Petrochemicals, Jindal Steel & Power Limited, Hospet Steel, Usha Martin and others.