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News ReleaseAir Products Drives Growth In Welding And Cutting Through Innovation And Customer Focus

September 12, 2005 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

A continued focus on safety, innovation and customer centric products and services is driving growth globally, according to Ivo Bols, Air Products' vice president, packaged gases and northern continent.

Speaking at the Schweißen und Schneiden exhibition in Essen, Germany, Bols pointed to three of the company's recent innovations as examples of how the company is taking a very different approach to the welding and cutting market: The revolutionary Integra® cylinder range - including the new oxy-acetylene Integra® cylinders which were launched at the show, its Maxx® range of premium welding gases, which reduce fume and ozone emissions and improve productivity, and its expanding CryoEase® network.

"Since the launch of the Maxx® gases and the Integra® cylinder, we've been changing the way customers think about gases for welding and cutting. For years they have been seen as a necessary but inconvenient consumable. Our approach is to deliver what customers want: safer and more efficient gases and gas cylinders which deliver improved productivity.

"Since the introduction of the Maxx® gases and the Integra® cylinder, sales to the metal fabrication industry have rocketed. We expect our newest addition to be just as popular."

Meanwhile, Air Products is preparing for further growth of its CryoEase® service—a unique 'gas-on-tap' on-site fill service. The service is already established as a successful and cost-effective mode of supply for the welding and cutting, analytical and laboratory, and food and drink market segments in Germany, the UK, the USA, Canada and South Africa. Expansion into the Czech Republic and other countries is expected.

"Applying innovation and our expertise in metal fabrication to solve our customers' problems is one of our core strengths and it's the approach we are taking in both our mature markets across western Europe and our rapidly growing businesses in central and eastern Europe, central and south America and Asia.

"For example, the Integra® cylinder and value-added gases such as the Maxx® range, are the drivers of growth for our cylinder gases business in the Czech Republic and Slovakia."

Notes to the Editor:
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.

The oxygen-acetylene Integra® cylinders are currently available in France and will be available in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Spain from January 2006. Advance orders can be placed during the Schweißen & Schneiden trade show from 12 to 17 September 2005 at the Air Products stand 6-322 in Hall 6.

A virtual press kit—including images and background information—is available at Air Products' online press room www.airproducts.com/pressroom.

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