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News ReleaseQueen's Award for Air Products' Revolutionary Innovation

April 21, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products plc has been awarded the Queen's Awards for Enterprise: Innovation 2004, for its BIP® technology, rewarding the first real change made on Industrial Gas cylinder technology for over 100 years. It also validates an impressive commercial track record, as sales of BIP cylinders have grown tenfold over the last five years to become the new Analytical Industry standard.

Compressed gases for high precision analytical applications such as gas chromatography and mass spectrometry are often supplied in high pressure cylinders, but frequently experience contamination problems that compromise performance. BIP technology uses a unique patented method of removing impurities as the gas is withdrawn through a self-contained purifier built into the cylinder itself, providing the ultimate 'zero' gas. This is critical to the analytical requirements in laboratories and industry. BIP technology gives improved analytical detection limits, resolution and consistency, together with longer chromatographic column life.

The award recognises Air Products' Specialty Gases Group for its outstanding efforts in developing technology to meet customers' requirements in such modern analytical chemistry techniques.

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the UK's most prestigious awards for business performance. The continuous innovation category recognises UK companies that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and commercial success over a five-year period through innovative products or services.

"This award is a wonderful recognition of the innovative spirit demonstrated by our team and the commercial success we have achieved in the last five years. The BIP technology is unique and has positioned us ahead of the competition. No other technology can guarantee such gas purity and quality—purchasing a BIP cylinder is like purchasing an insurance policy on the quality and consistency of your results," explains Ivo Bols, vice president, Northern Continent and Packaged Gases Europe.

The awards are made each year by The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an Advisory Committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions, following a rigorous peer review process.

The award, published on 21st April, will be presented to Air Products later in the year. A list of the Award's winners 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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