Praxair China has announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art specialty gases facility in the Nanjing Science Park in China, scheduled to start-up in August 2008.

The planned facility will consist of a specialty gases laboratory, calibration equipment and gas analysers and high purity cylinder filling operations.

David Chow, president of Praxair China, commented, “This facility will allow Praxair to dramatically increase its presence in the rapidly growing Chinese specialty gas markets. With the addition of high-purity gases, calibration gases and ultra-high purity gases for the electronics segment, this facility will be capable of producing complex mixtures for research laboratories and emission testing centres being developed throughout China.”

Markets served by the new facility will include the petrochemical, automobile, lighting and pollution control industries as well as numerous laboratories and research centres. It will also enhance Praxair’s ability to develop new applications technologies specifically for Chinese customers.

In a second phase, the facility will process electronics-grade gases and mixtures to serve the semiconductor industry.

Headquartered in Shanghai, Praxair China is a leading industrial gases provider in China with 13 wholly-owned companies and 11 joint ventures in the country.