SOURCE: Linde AG

May 13, 2008 08:12 ET

The Linde Group acquires a majority interest in the industrial gases company SIGAS (Saudi Arabia)

MUNICH, GERMANY--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - The technology group The Linde Group has acquired 51 percent of the shares in the family-owned industrial gases company SIGAS (Saudi Industrial Gas Co. ltd.). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Closing of the acquisition will take place following approval from the relevant Saudi Arabian regulatory authorities.

"We are delighted to be entering into this partnership with one of the leading industrial gas companies of the dynamic Saudi Arabian market", explained Dr Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. "This geographical expansion of our gases business combined with the strong presence of our Engineering Division in the whole Arabian Peninsula will fundamentally strengthen our position in a highly attractive region and demonstrates our commitment to the area."

SIGAS, which employs about 400 people, is the second biggest industrial gases company in Saudi Arabia and achieved sales of around 28 million euro in the 2007 financial year. The industrial gases market in Saudi Arabia is expected to grow by more than 10 percent per annum.

The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with more than 50,000 employees working in around 100 countries worldwide. In the 2007 financial year it achieved sales of EUR 12.3 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, see The Linde Group web site at www.linde.com

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