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News ReleaseAir Products Special Gases Group Receives Prestigious Queen's Award at Official Ceremony

July 08, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

On Thursday 8th July, the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire officially presented the Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2004, to Air Products Special Gases Group, for its BIP® technology, at a ceremony held in Crewe.

The award celebrates a revolutionary innovation, as the BIP® technology is the first real change made in industrial gas cylinder technology for 100 years. The technology uses a patented method of removing impurities as the gas is withdrawn through a self-contained purifier built into a gas cylinder.

Graham Rhodes, Vice President Merchant Gases, Air Products UK, said "We are incredibly proud of receiving this award today. It is a wonderful recognition for all our employees who are involved in the BIP® technology. It is testimony to their hard work and commitment."

Graham added: "The award validates an impressive commercial track record, as sales of BIP® cylinders have grown tenfold over the last five years and has become the new analytical industry standard. "

The Queen's Award for Enterprise is the UK's most prestigious award for business performance.

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 www.airproducts.com.

Air Products employs over 250 people across 3 sites in Crewe, where it also has its UK headquarters. Its Commercial Technology Group is responsible for reviewing customer processes to identify and develop equipment to provide operational, productivity or environmental benefits. Its Special Gases Group manufactures and distributes speciality gases to a wide range of industries from analytical, electronics to water treatment.

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