Linde North America, a member of The Linde Group, has announced that Spectra Gases Inc., acquired in 2006, is changing its brand name to Linde, effective immediately.

Spectra Gases, which Linde acquired in 2006, is a global leader in next generation fine chemicals and high purity gases.

The brand change represents a significant milestone in the effort to fully integrate Spectra Gases into the company’s global R&D, production and distribution network.

“Rebranding is a significant step in the integration process because it is a visible sign to customers and employees that we are a single company operating under one logo and a single set of values,” said Cliff Caldwell, Linde Vice President of Electronic and Special Gases in North America.

“For over three years Linde has been offering Spectra Gases’ products and services to customers around the world, where many customers already know us as Linde. It makes sense to formalize this relationship by rebranding,” Caldwell added.

“Since its founding in 1980, Spectra Gases’ extraordinary team of employees has been committed to ensuring our customers get the highest quality products and services to keep their businesses operating at peak performance. It is this commitment to customers and the company’s expertise in producing and supplying high purity gases, chemicals and technology that makes Spectra Gases such a good fit with Linde.”

The Spectra Gases products and services complement Linde’s own offerings across a number of industries, including medicine, scientific research, fiber optics, semiconductor manufacturing, environmental testing and compliance, laser applications and lighting.

The Linde logo will soon make its appearance at Spectra Gases’ locations around the US and on its hundreds of trucks, skids and tanks.

Thousands of gas cylinders and equipment also will be converted to the Linde brand, a process expected to continue over several years.

Some name-plate specialty gases products, such as Spectra Laser Gases, will retain the Spectra brand, but will become part of the Linde HiQ® family of specialty gases.