October 13, 2008

Praxair to Supply Gases to ThyssenKrupp

By Doran, Ryan

Praxair Inc. of Danbury has signed an agreement with ThyssenKrupp to supply oxygen, nitrogen and argon to the company's new carbon and stainless steel processing facilities that are under construction in Mobile, Ala. "ThyssenKrupp's investment in new steel capacity in the southeastern United States is a critical step in the execution of their North American strategy and Praxair will be providing a cost- effective and energy-efficient plant to support the project," said Ted Trumpp, vice president, East Region, for Praxair's North American Industrial Gases organization.

ThyssenKrupp is one of the world's major technology groups and occupies positions on the international markets with sales of 51.7 billion euros. Praxair will build a 400 tons-per-day on-site air separation plant to supply ThyssenKrupp's requirements for oxygen, nitrogen and argon. The new plant will also generate liquefied industrial gas for the growing merchant customer base in the region. ThyssenKrupp Steel USA and ThyssenKrupp Stainless USA, LLC, are constructing the $4.2 billion manufacturing and processing facilities in the United States as part of the company's NAFTA strategy.

According to Praxair, the new facilities will include a hot strip mill which will be used primarily to process slabs from ThyssenKrupp Steel's new mill in Brazil and a cold rolling and hot-dip crating capacity for end products of flat carbon steel.

The facility is projected to have an annual capacity of 4.1 million metric tons of carbon steel end products. In addition, ThyssenKrupp Stainless is building a cold rolling mill and a steel melt shop with an annual capacity of up to one million metric tons of slabs in the first phase. "This new plant will strengthen Praxair's already strong presence in the lower Alabama and Gulf States region," Trumpp said.

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