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News ReleaseAir Products To Provide Graphic Packaging With High Purity Nitrogen On-Site Generator

December 02, 2005 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) has commissioned a PRISM Micro high purity nitrogen (HPN) system for Graphic Packaging at the company's facility in Mitchell, South Dakota. The new Micro HPN series plant replaces Graphic Packaging's two existing PSA (pressure swing adsorption) systems to produce 17,200 standard cubic feet per hour of high-purity nitrogen for Graphic Packaging's electron beam curing machines.

Air Products' PRISM Micro HPN series systems were specifically designed to provide users with smaller flow requirements with a fully automatic and highly competitive method for on-site high purity nitrogen production. "This state-of-the-art Micro HPN system is designed with economies in mind, with the goal of enabling our customers to save more than 30% over other methods of high purity nitrogen supply," said John Bakey, commercial manager, Generated Gases. "We believe it is an ideal solution for smaller volume users who want outstanding performance and reliability."

The Micro HPN Series uses cryogenic distillation technology to separate nitrogen from oxygen, using the surrounding air as the feed source. Gaseous nitrogen is produced at a high purity level (similar to hauled-in liquid nitrogen) in this process and supplied to the customer.

The highly skidded, modular design of the Micro HPN Series makes it simple to install and significantly reduces any disruption to plant operations. The system is completely unmanned and has the capability for local and remote operation. All PRISM systems are offered with a customer-focused, customized portfolio of services that may include ongoing operation, maintenance and ownership of the equipment.

More than 1,500 customers in over 30 countries rely on PRISM systems to generate their nitrogen and oxygen. The systems currently are at work around the world providing these gaseous products to the electronics/semiconductor, food, metals processing, packaging, chemicals and energy processing industries.

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 $8.1 billion, operations in over 30 countries,and over 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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