Praxair China\\$quot;s joint venture, Shanghai Praxair Baosteel (SPBI), has signed a cooperation agreement with Lincoln Electric China.

SPBI will supply cylinders of carbon dioxide, argon, and argon blends to Lincoln Electric's welding training centre, applications engineering lab and R&D laboratories in Baoshan District, Shanghai.

SPBI has also donated a complete set of manifolds to allow Lincoln to use the gases effectively. Lincoln Electric will allow Praxair to use the facilities to train its sales force, engineers and customers, promote seminars and demonstrate Praxair welding gases and solutions developments to customers.

Praxair China's welding technical centre in Guangzhou economic & technology development zone, established in 2004, is the first such investment by a multinational industrial gases company in China. The cooperation with Lincoln Electric will further allow Praxair's technical team to extend the development of welding solutions to customers in East China.

'One important focus of our mutual cooperation will be on the introduction of leading welding solutions to fabrication customers in China,' commented Douglas Steyer, applications and market development director for Praxair Asia.

'The cooperation of Praxair and Lincoln Electric brings together two of the strongest teams in the industry,'said Zhang Xuetao, general manager of
Shanghai Praxair. 'This is an excellent opportunity for SPBI to present welding gases application technology to customers via the Lincoln Electric network.'

Frank Young, vice president, North Asia region for Lincoln Electric said: 'The welding industry in China is growing rapidly. As it grows the demands for improved technologies, quality, and efficiency increase. This agreement with Praxair enhances and complements our investment in our China Welding Technology Centre and positions us well to meet these industry needs.'