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News ReleaseAir Products Acrefair, North Wales, To Host Royal Visit

April 05, 2005 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

His Royal Highness, The Duke of York will visit Air Products manufacturing facility in Acrefair, North Wales on Wednesday 13th April 2005.
In his role as special representative for international trade and investment, His Royal Highness will undertake a tour of the manufacturing facility during which he will meet members of staff.

"We are honoured to welcome His Royal Highness to our facility. This visit gives us a unique opportunity to highlight the manufacturing skills of our workforce and profile some of the important projects we are currently working on," said Laurence O'Donnell, General Manager, Air Products Acrefair. "At Acrefair, we manufacture and export plant and equipment all over the world, including process equipment for air separation, natural gas liquefaction, hydrogen purification and other gas processing applications."

Note to Editors:
What is an Air Separation Unit?
Technical Terms: Air Separation Unit (ASU)

What does it mean? A steel structure containing distillation columns, heat exchangers and piping systems.

What does it do? The ASU produces gaseous nitrogen, oxygen and argon from air.

About Air Products

Founded in 1940, Air Products is the world's only combined gases and chemicals company, employing over 20,000 people at some 700 sites around the world. Elsewhere in the UK, Air Products operates from 60 locations from Aberdeen to Plymouth and Crewe to Hull.

Every day, people everywhere use or consume products made with the aid of one of our products or services. The paint on your car, the ink in your pen, the food on your table, the fizzy drink in your glass, and the glass itself, are just a few items in a very long list that stretches as far as getting NASA's space shuttle off the ground.

Altogether, we serve customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. We are the largest global supplier of electronic materials, hydrogen, helium and select performance chemicals.

Air Products Acrefair - 1950 to present day Air Products entered the UK market in the early 1950's by establishing an agreement with the Butterley Company of England, located in Acrefair, for a license to build oxygen & nitrogen generators. We later acquired the company and today the site of the former Butterley Company is now home to Air Products manufacturing facility.

The manufacturing facility at Acrefair has a factory site that covers approximately 6 hectares. Over 500 air separation plants, 3000 cryogenic liquid storage tanks and 200 cryogenic liquid road tankers have been built and exported to 60 countries world-wide. The facility is a five-time winner of the Queen's Award for Export and Achievement.

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