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News ReleaseAir Products Signs Exclusive Gases Contract With One of World's Largest Flat Panel Manufacturers

March 11, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) announced its Taiwanese joint venture¯San Fu Gas Co.¯has won a long-term agreement with Chi Mei Optoelectronics to supply nitrogen and bulk gases to Chi Mei's newest flat panel manufacturing facility, Fab 4, located in the Tainan Science-based Industrial Park (TSIP). In addition to this agreement, San Fu has also been awarded the supply of bulk specialty gas equipment and installation of specialty gas piping contract for Chi Mei 4.

San Fu has established a leading supply position in TSIP, one of the world's largest science parks. Other San Fu customers in the park are Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation's (TSMC) Fab 6 and Fab 14A, United Microelectronics Corporation's (UMC) Fab 12A, and Chi Mei's Fab 3, to name just a few. Customers are served by large San Fu industrial ultra high purity bulk gas production facilities and pipeline bulk gas distribution network with a total capacity exceeding 60,000 Nm3/hr. The main plant supplying the pipeline at 50,000 Nm3/hr is the world's largest UHP nitrogen generator, and it also co-produces UHP liquid nitrogen and UHP liquid oxygen for supply to semiconductor customers.

"These long-term agreements are a direct result of the significant investments we have made over the years to serve the Asian electronics manufacturing industry,"said Allen Chien, President of San Fu. "Today, those investments have built considerable momentum and are part of a longer-term strategy that has positioned us so that as our customers, like Chi Mei, respond to the growing demands of the semiconductor and flat panel display markets, we can grow right along with them."

Chi Mei Optoelectronics, the fourth largest TFT-LCD manufacturer in the world, has one generation five (G5) Fab (Fab 3) in operation and its Fab 4, currently under construction, will be generation 5.5. San Fu is a major gas supplier to Chi Mei, including pipeline nitrogen and high purity specialty gas products.

"We are pleased to have awarded San Fu Gas to build and supply all of our bulk gas requirements for our latest investment in Fab 4. With the strong partnership we have jointly established over the last four years through our three existing Fabs, we are very sure that San Fu is the best choice for Chi Mei in the overall gas supply and services," added Lin-Yu Chao, procurement director at Chi Mei.

Air Products has a significant and growing presence in Asia with locations in nine Asian countries and over 4,400 employees. It's $1.1 billion in Asian sales, including affiliates, represents nearly 15 percent of the company's total revenues.

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  

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