Praxair, Inc. has announced the start-up of its new air separation plant in San Jose, Costa Rica.

In addition to meeting increasing demand for oxygen, nitrogen and argon from industrial and medical customers in Costa Rica, the new facility positions Praxair to supply distributors in Panama as well as the Caribbean market.

Praxair is already the leading industrial gases company in Costa Rica, supplying oxygen, nitrogen, argon and carbon dioxide to an array of industrial and medical customers. The new ASU underlines the company's commitment to the country and the wider region and is clearly a facility Praxair is proud of.

Christian Sauter, General Manager of Praxair Costa Rica, enthused, “Praxair is committed to providing our customers in Central America with the best products and the latest technologies that will aid their continued growth and competitiveness as well as the country’s general economic development.$quot;

The US gases major also operates a carbon dioxide plant and an acetylene & packaged gases facility in the country.

Praxair, Inc. is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2008 sales of $10.8bn.