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News ReleaseAir Products, Samsung Austin Semiconductor Reach Bulk Specialty Gas Supply Agreement

May 10, 2005 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) announced today that it has been selected to supply bulk specialty gases to Samsung Austin Semiconductor's dynamic random access memory (DRAM) manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas. Under the terms of this agreement, Air Products will supply bulk quantities of high-purity nitrogen trifluoride, silane, nitrous oxide and hexafluoroethane to the recently expanded Austin operation. These gases are integral to the manufacture of chips, and are used in a variety of stages within the production process.

As part of Samsung's current $500 million expansion of the company's only manufacturing site in the United States, Air Products also was selected to supply the specialty gas and chemical equipment required to store and distribute various ultra-high purity materials throughout the facility.

"As the premier materials and service supplier to the global electronics industry, we are pleased to support the continued growth and success of Samsung, one of Air Products' most valued electronics customers worldwide," said Bruce Hargus, vice president, Electronics Sales and Operations. "Air Products is committed to serving the critical electronics industry segment, and we will continue to invest in the technology and infrastructure to serve our customers' needs today and well into the future."

Air Products has served as the on-site specialty materials solutions provider at Samsung's Austin facility since its 1997 opening, where a dedicated team of Air Products MEGASYS® technicians manage all aspects of Samsung's materials and equipment requirements around the clock. Air Products also operates an on-site nitrogen generation plant and supplies Samsung Austin Semiconductor with all of its liquid bulk gas requirements, including liquid oxygen, liquid argon, liquid hydrogen and gaseous helium.

Worldwide, Air Products' Electronics business unit generates over $1.2 billion in revenue, and is the leading materials supplier to the global electronics industry. Its portfolio consists of integrated service offerings and products, including bulk gases and chemicals, specialty gases and materials, and enabling equipment.

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

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

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