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News ReleaseAir Products Milan Facilities Awarded ISO 9000:2000 Certification

April 12, 2005 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products' electronics chemicals production facilities in Milan recently received certification under the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 9000:2000 quality management standard. The certification was awarded for the 'manufacture and commercialisation of laboratory reagents, fine chemicals and process chemicals, strippers, cleaners and etchants for microelectronics and associated industries'.

"We are proud to have received the ISO 9000:2000 standard for Milan. It reflects the hard work and commitment demonstrated by our employees, to meet and exceed customers' requirements. It also guarantees a quality of service and products to our customers', said Simon Earnshaw, General Manager Electronics Europe.

Approximately 100 employees work across two separate facilities in Milan. They form part of the worldwide manufacturing and applications laboratories capabilities based across the USA, Japan, Taiwan and Korea. Products are manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities, using high-quality materials, which exceed industry requirements for purity, consistency and performance.

Air Products acquired the Milan site in 2003, as part of its acquisition of the Electronic Chemicals business of Ashland Specialty Chemical Company, a division of Ashland Inc.

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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

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