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Linde to Feature Full Line of Gases at Lightfair International Largest Architectural/Commercial Lighting Trade Show Attracts Worldwide Bulb Makers

MURRAY HILL & NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., May 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Linde North America will feature its full range of gases for the lighting industry at the Lightfair International Conference and Exhibit to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 12-14.

Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group, a leading global gases and engineering company. Lightfair International, sponsored by the International Association of Lighting Designers and the Illuminating Engineering Society, is the world's largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference.

Visit Linde at booth # 1294 where company lighting gases experts will be available to discuss a variety of gases, including krypton, xenon, neon and deuterium, added value lighting gas mixtures such as halogen and hydride gas mixtures, as well as radioactive Krypton-85 gas mixtures for the lamp industry.

Linde will also be highlighting the efficiency of its xenon recovery systems.

"As an international show, Lightfair International draws light bulb manufacturers from all over the world," said Tom Gallagher, head of rare gases and lighting for Linde North America's Electronics and Specialty Gases business.

"We're anxious to speak with these light bulb manufacturers about the high quality of our gases and our capabilities to supply them, particularly those manufacturers in Asia and India where the growth in light bulb manufacturing is strong," Gallagher said.

Linde is the world's largest manufacturer of halogen, hydride, and rare gas mixtures for incandescent, fluorescent, and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps. The company is also a leading producer of hydrogen, nitrogen and argon bulk gases which are also used extensively in the lighting industry. "Our expertise in the purification and analysis of each component within a given gas mixture ensures that only the highest quality gas is used in each and every light bulb," said Gallagher.

Krypton and xenon are used to produce energy efficient incandescent and fluorescent lamps and also extend the life of the bulb. Krypton-85 is usually produced in gas mixtures with argon or xenon to improve the ionization in light bulbs by reducing their starting voltage. Halogens are used in incandescent bulbs to increase the life of the lamp filament.

The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with almost 48,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2009 financial year it achieved sales of EUR 11.2 billion (USD 15.3 billion). The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards sustainable earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services.

Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment -- in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

For more information, visit Linde North America online at http://www.lindeus.com.

SOURCE: Linde North America CONTACT: Linde corporate communications Jon Lederman, 908-771-1491 Jon.Lederman@linde.com Copyright Business Wire 2010 -0- KEYWORD: United States

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