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News ReleaseAir Products Announces Next Generation Of Its Prism® High Purity Nitrogen Equipment Systems

July 01, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE: APD) has extended its PRISM® high purity nitrogen (HPN) Systems to include new, state-of-the-art production and supply technologies. The new product line, called Micro HPN Series, better serves customers with small nitrogen volume demands by offering a fully automatic and highly flexible on-site nitrogen supply system.

Originally, the PRISM HPN System was designed specifically for customers seeking gaseous nitrogen at a flow rate of up to 3500 Nm3/hr. Without sacrificing performance or reliability, this next stage of nitrogen generators can accommodate customers with smaller volume requests down to 200 Nm3/hr.

"This latest PRISM system is a direct result of listening to our customers, who asked if it was possible to design a competitive high-purity on-site nitrogen generator that could meet their smaller flow requirements," said John Bakey, commercial manager, Generated Gases. "The Micro HPN Series is a solution that is not only very economical, but also flexible and easy to install."

The Micro HPN Series uses cryogenic distillation technology to separate air into its two principal components: gaseous nitrogen and oxygen. The end oxygen product is eventually released back into the air, while the remaining gaseous nitrogen is purified and supplied to the plant.

Highly skidded and coming packaged in a modular design, the Micro HPN Series is simple to install and significantly decreases any disruption to plant operations. It is also completely unmanned and has the capability for local and remote operation. All PRISM systems are offered along with a customer-focused, customizable portfolio of services that include ongoing operation, maintenance and ownership of the equipment.

The PRISM line of gas generation systems supplies generated nitrogen and oxygen to more than 1,500 customers in over 30 countries worldwide. It currently services such global markets as electronics/semiconductor, food, metals processing, chemicals and energy processing.

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  

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

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