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News ReleaseAir Products Wins Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier Award

March 24, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) was named a recipient of Intel Corporation's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding performance in providing products and services deemed essential to Intel's success. The company was awarded for its efforts in supplying Intel with gases, equipment, chemicals and services. Air Products and 28 additional PQS award winners were honored at a celebration in Burlingame, Calif., on March 23.

"Air Products' Electronics Division truly values the relationship we have with Intel, and we are very excited to be recognized as one of their 2003 PQS Award winners," said Jerry Ermentrout, Air Products vice president and general manager, Electronics Division. "This award is a credit to the Air Products team members who work very hard to service the Intel account everyday. When you consider the breadth and scope of the relationship, supplying over 50 different products to Intel manufacturing facilities around the world, it is a very special accomplishment."

"Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. has responded to the tough challenges of semiconductor manufacturing in the new Millennium by continuously improving their productivity and cost structure, without compromising on Intel's exacting quality specifications," said John McGowan, Intel vice president, Corporate Services.

The PQS awards are part of Intel's Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) process that encourages suppliers to strive for excellence and continuous improvement. To qualify for PQS status, suppliers must score 80 percent on a report card that assesses performance and ability to meet cost, quality, availability, delivery, technology and responsiveness goals. Suppliers must also manage and deliver on a challenging improvement plan and a quality systems assessment. Additional information about the SCQI program is available at  

Intel recognized PQS award winners on March 23 with an advertisement in the U.S., Europe and Asian editions of The Wall Street Journal.

About Intel
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at  

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  

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