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BOC is planning to build a £20m acetylene manufacturing plant at its site in Stallingborough next year, with the creation of 40 jobs.

BOC, the industrial gases group, is to be acquired by Linde of Germany for £8bn.

BOC Group has acquired G Van Dongen Holdings, the temperature-controlled transport operator with seven companies in the Netherlands and Spain, in order to expand its Gist division.

BOC has sold its packaged gases business in the US to Airgas for up to £110m, including medical, industrial and speciality gases.

BOC Group is to acquire the Canadian packaged gas and related welding equipment business of Air Products for about £25m, including four filling plants and 25 branch locations.

BOC has acquired Environmental Management Corporation, the US water services company, for £32m.

BOC has acquired the Polish subsidiary of Praxair for £33m, in order to expand its industrial gases business.

BOC is to acquire the UK industrial gases business of Enron for about £10m, including compression facilities at a Teesside power plant.

BOC is to acquire Unique Gas & Petrochemicals of Thailand for £31m, and is now planning to make further bolt-on acquisitions in Asia.

BOC is to invest £70m in an industrial gases joint venture in Nanjing, China, with Sinopec YPC, which will involve the acquisition of three existing air separation units and the construction of a new facility.

BOC has reached agreement to acquire Seiko Instruments' turbo molecular pumps business in Japan for about £70m.

BOC is setting up a £5.3m micro cylinder plant in Leatherhead to produce gas cylinders for Powderject's needle-free injection system, with the creation of 25 jobs.

BOC, the industrial gases company, has abandoned an agreed £7.4bn takeover by Air Liquide of France and Air Products of the US, having failed to win approval from the Federal Trade Commission for a series of asset disposals in the US.

BOC has agreed a £7.2bn joint takeover bid from Air Liquide of France and Air Products of the US, which will result in the group being broken up along geographical lines.

BOC is acquiring the chemical management division of FSI International of the US for £24m.

BOC has agreed the sale of its German and Benelux gases operations to Air Liquide of France for £112m.

BOC has started work on a new £40m air separation plant at Teesside, which will supply oxygen and nitrogen to British Steel.