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News ReleaseAir Products Announces Next Generation of its Absolute Temperature Control System

July 01, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE: APD) has announced the next generation of its Absolute Temperature Control System (ATCSTM), a line of equipment servicing the Electronics Specialty Chemicals market. Called ATCS Plus, the product provides reliable and stable temperature control of Air Products' Schumacher line of liquid source chemicals.

Among the features of ATCS Plus is an intuitive and functional interface that can be customized for individual customers. The new unit, engineered by Air Products' Electronics Equipment Solutions group, can be retrofitted to replace any current ATCS, and its modular design makes its easy to install and operate. It also provides expanded temperature control ranging from 10-120°C, ultimately improving product uniformity and allowing customers to test a wider variety of precursors.

"The ATCS Plus upgrade is an efficient and practical equipment upgrade to our temperature and flow control product line," said Joe Stockunas, Air Products general manager of electronics equipment. "We're always looking at innovative solutions that address our customers' evolving equipment needs, and the Plus upgrade does exactly that by enhancing both the tool and user interfaces. It's also designed to meet more stringent performance requirements and R&D demands."

During the transition to the ATCS Plus, Air Products will continue to accept orders for the original version and provide related service and repair support. Air Products is offering an extended service schedule and a long-term exchange program to help smooth the transition for its customers to the new ATCS.

Air Products' Electronics Equipment Solutions group is a global leader in the sales, distribution and service of equipment designed for electronic materials. Its ATCS Plus model can be remotely controlled and monitored while microprocessors manage the source temperature. The system also has a full range of safety interlocks, and a separate source cup permits safe container installation.

Air Products (booth# 5568) will display its ATCS Plus at SEMICON® West 2004. Scheduled for July 12-14 at Moscone Centerin San Francisco, Calif., it is the semiconductor industry's largest trade show.

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.

***NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.

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