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Linde receives innovation prize for mobile oxygen generator


Munich, 5 December 2006 - Linde Medical Devices GmbH, a subsidiary of The Linde Group, received the “Ei des Kolumbus” (Egg of Columbus) award for its innovative, mobile “Oxy-Gen lite®” oxygen generator from the “Stiftung Innovation” foundation today. The innovation prize, which has been awarded by an independent jury for particularly useful and innovative products since 2004, will be presented to Karl-Heinz Hecker, CEO of Linde Medical Devices GmbH in Munich today.

The medical oxygen generator “Oxy-Gen lite®” uses electrolysis to produce high-purity oxygen from water. The hydrogen produced during this process is used to power an integrated fuel cell that serves to generate electricity. The device provides patients with chronic respiratory diseases with a source of oxygen that they can use at home. Unlike common oxygen concentrators, the light weight and compact dimensions of the “Oxy-Gen Lite®” gives users a better mobility than any of its predecessors to date.

“This award encourages us to continue to seek innovative solutions that can considerably increase the quality of life of our clients by combining different Linde technologies”, says Prof. Dr. Hans Kistenmacher, Head of Innovation Management at The Linde Group.

Linde Medical Devices GmbH is a leading German and European manufacturer of medical oxygen generation devices. The company, based in Aschau (Bavaria), was founded in 1993 and has been part of The Linde Group since 2005.

The Linde Group is a world leading industrial gases and engineering company with more than 53,000 employees working in around 70 countries worldwide. Following the acquisition of The BOC Group, the company has gases and engineering sales of approximately 12 billion euro. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. For more information, please see The Linde Group online at


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