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News ReleaseAir Products Expands Supply Options to Industrial Gases Customers

February 24, 2005 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE: APD) today announced a non-conventional service offering for its small volume industrial gases customers in North America. Called Microbulk Service, it is Air Products' newest gas supply option that provides the most technically-advanced and cost-effective alternative to traditional cylinder gas packaging in the marketplace.

The Microbulk Service package is being showcased from February 28 to March 3 at PITTCON®2005 in Orlando, Florida—an exhibition featuring the latest technologies in analytical laboratory instrumentation, supplies and services. Air Products' newly-designed on-site storage containers will be on display for customers looking to learn more about reliable argon, nitrogen and oxygen supply options.

"Our Microbulk Service program here was modeled after successful programs in Europe and South Africa. The concept has become more popular in North America, so Air Products has embarked on a strategy to roll it out in more than 20 markets in the United States and Canada over the next two years," said John Tapley, Microbulk business manager. The service has already been embraced by the metals processing industry, and Air Products expects similar acceptance from customers in the biotechnology, foods, electronics and healthcare industries as well.

Air Products Microbulk Service's most immediate impact is with the metals industry. With relatively small gas volume requirements, most metals processing operations have historically relied on high-pressure cylinders and dewars—a labor-intensive approach that too often results in wasted residual gas and has the potential for interrupted supply, cross-contamination and safety issues.

Today, metals processors are relying more heavily on Microbulk delivery services, as well as new on-site storage and blending systems that bring the advantages of bulk supply to operations with less than traditional bulk delivery volumes. Air Products' Microbulk Service is the newest entrant in this changing marketplace. Whether it is argon or nitrogen for heat-treating furnace atmospheres, nitrogen or oxygen for laser-assist gases, or argon and argon blends for weld shielding, Microbulk supply can mean efficient, economical and reliable supply for small-volume users.

The service appeals to small-volume customers by virtually eliminating cylinder handling and reducing the number of product deliveries. Its new Microbulk tank trucks provide fast fills into storage tanks that are designed to offer customers a range of flexible supply options. Automatic fill shut-off devices and programmable digital liquid level gauges help customers monitor their inventory, and the tanks' enhanced thermal qualities limit product loss during periods of little or no use.

For more information on the service, visit booth 2814 at PITTCON®2005, or call Air Products customer service at (800) 654-4567 and mention program 240.

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 and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $7.4 billion, operations in over 30 countries, and nearly 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.

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Air Products' Microbulk Service, our newest and most cost-effective alternative to traditional cylinder use, consists of specially-designed tank trucks and storage tanks that offer customers a range of flexible supply options. 

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

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