French industrial gas producer Air Liquide has announced it will boost its production capacity for liquid oxygen and nitrogen in Southern California and open a new carbon dioxide plant in central California.

The production capacity in Southern California will be boosted by 50 percent and this development is in addition to other recent investments and expansions in Utah, Kentucky and Texas, while the company also intends to expand its production and distribution capabilities of liquid argon by adding 200 tpd of capacity in 2008.

Pierre Dufour, member of the Executive Committee, president and CEO of Air Liquide America Holdings Inc., stated, $quot;Air Liquide's recent investments in certain regions of the U.S. are in line with the company's growth strategies and driven by the country's advanced industrial needs. We recognize the breadth and diversity of the industrial markets in the U.S. and are reaffirming our commitment to meet the ever changing needs of our customers.$quot;