During the decade, the company further grew its global position through strategic equity positions and strengthened its chemical and electronics businesses. It also entered its second stage of diversification into environmental and energy markets, focusing primarily on the emerging, high-temperature technology of cogeneration, trash-to-steam, and flue-gas desulfurization, as well as building a leading refinery hydrogen supply position.
Air Products undertakes a strategic global expansion by taking minority positions in industrial gas companies in Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Taiwan, and Mexico.
Air Products significantly expands the company's emerging epoxy curing agents business and gains a manufacturing foothold in Europe.View Larger Photo
Pictured: Epoxy manufacturing plant in Isehara, Japan.
In 1982, Air Products acquires Stearns-Roger Corporation, a U.S. leading engineering and construction services company based in Denver, Colorado.View Larger Photo
Pictured: Stearns-Roger Corporation.
In the mid-80s, the company forms an environmental and energy systems business to focus on power generation, air pollution control, and energy recovery from solid waste.View Larger Photo
Pictured: Stockton, California, U.S. cogeneration facility.
MEGASYS® Total Gas Management Services, an industry-first offering, is developed in response to customers who want more than just bulk and specialty gas. MEGASYS® services provide a deeper understanding of our customer's processes and the technology roadmap.View Larger Photo
Pictured: Air Products employee monitoring a gas cabinet at one of our MEGASYS® locations
The company acquires the J.C. Schumacher Company, a supplier of high-purity chemicals for semiconductors, giving it a stronger foothold in electronic materials.
Spurred by new clean air regulations, increased use of high-sulfur crude oils, and larger demands for transportation fuels, the company forms a joint venture with KTI (now Technip) to build hydrogen processing equipment for oil refiners and becomes the leading global supplier of refinery hydrogen.View Larger Photo
Pictured: Our hydrogen production facility in Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.