Air Products Company Further Expands to Supply South China Industrial Gas Market
June 29, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) through its company Southern Air Products (Guangzhou) Co. Ltd., will increase the investment at its air separation facility in Guangzhou, China to double the production capability of liquid atmospheric gases. Completion is scheduled for early 2005, at which time the facility is projected to be capable of producing over 800 metric tons per day (MTPD) of liquid oxygen, nitrogen, and argon on a combined basis. This would make it the largest single production facility of liquefied products in China and one of the largest that Air Products operates worldwide.
The existing facility, which has been operating since October of 2000 with a current capacity of over 400 MTPD, is currently supplying more than 250 industrial manufacturers throughout Guangdong Province. It is strategically located in the Guangzhou Economic & Technological Development District (GETDD), which has an expected economic output of over $14 billion this year and ranks as one of the top two state level special economic zones in China.
In addition to the customers currently being supplied by the Guangzhou facility in liquid form, Air Products has been awarded over 10 long-term gas supply contracts to provide larger users with a total of more than 500 MTPD of gaseous nitrogen or oxygen in southern China. For the specialty gas market, Chun Wang Industrial Gases, Air Products' wholly-owned entity in Shenzhen, plans to complete the installation of a helium transfill in Shenzhen later this year to provide a direct supply chain to the growing helium market in southern and eastern China.
Bob Eng, general manager, Southern Air Products, said, "These investments are part of our continued commitment since 1987 to build long-term infrastructure to meet the industrial gas needs of our local and global customers, and support the economic development of the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong Province, one of the fastest developing economies in the world over the last 10 years."
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.
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