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News ReleaseAir Products' Integra® Cylinder Receives TUV Rheinland Group Certification

January 16, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

\Air Products' revolutionary Integra® cylinder has received TUV Rheinland Group certification, recognising its unrivalled safety and ergonomic features. Air Products is the first gases and chemicals company to receive the certification.

The German standards testing and certification organisation, TUV Rheinland Group, is recognised throughout the world for documenting the safety and quality of products, systems and services.

The TUV certification confirms that the Integra® cylinder is safer than the standard requirements to welding gas cylinders in general, thanks to its integrated features. The organisation also concluded that the Integra® quick-connect outlet allows users to reduce cylinder change time by up to 90%, while being easier to handle due to its reduced weight and height.

Details of the TUV award will feature on all Integra® cylinders. It will also point users to a web site that cites the benefits of the Integra cylinder identified by TUV during their certification. 1)

Air Products' Integra® cylinder was developed to meet the growing production and safety demands of today's welding industry. "Integra® is up to 23% lighter and 33% smaller, making it more stable than traditional 50 litre cylinders but retaining a similar capacity," explains Mark Griffiths, 300bar Programme Manager.

"A built-in pressure regulator, quick-connect system - complete with a range of flow control options - and a live contents gauge, make for safer and easier operation, while also offering better reliability," adds Mark.

Over 300,000 Integra® cylinders have been sold across Europe since its launch in 1999. As well as the benefits of the Integra® cylinder, a unique range of shielding gases has been developed to provide improved productivity, fewer welding rejects and a better working environment.

The Maxx™ gases range comprises:

  • Ferromaxx® - For faster, cleaner welding of carbon steel.
  • Inomaxx® - Maximum performance for welding stainless steel.
  • Alumaxx ®- One gas that does it all for aluminum.

Argon and EuroMix M21 are also available in Integra® cylinder.

About TUV Rheinland Group

TÜV Rheinland Group observes and assures innovations in harmony with humanity, technology and the environment. As an international service group, it documents the safety and quality of new and existing products, systems and services. The group interdisciplinary competence is neutral and independent. It orients itself to relevant standards and meaningful performance measures, and it participates in developing these worldwide.

With 7,500 employees around the world TÜV Rheinland Group generates annual revenues of €664m. With more than 80 concern subsidiaries, the Group is present in 48 countries and is the number-one technical supervision society (TÜV) outside of Germany. The Group's global network assures that customers can get comprehensive services from one source.

About Air Products

Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. With annual revenues of $6.3 billion and operations in over 30 countries, the company's 18,500 employees build lasting relationships with their customers and communities based on understanding, integrity and passion. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.  

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