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News ReleaseAir Products' Ermentrout Honored With SEMI Akira Inoue Award

December 06, 2005 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE: APD) today announced that Jerry Ermentrout, vice president and general manager of its Electronics Division, has been honored with the 2005 Akira Inoue Award from SEMI, a global industry association serving equipment, material and service providers of the semiconductor industry. The Akira Inoue Award, presented at SEMICON Japan in December, recognizes outstanding achievement in environmental, health and safety (EH&S) performance in the semiconductor industry.

"Under Jerry Ermentrout's leadership, Air Products' Electronics Division has achieved industry-leading status in environmental, health and safety performance while growing roughly three times in size," said Stanley Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "Through his visionary business model, Jerry has established himself as a capable, responsible steward of the environment and demonstrated that companies can achieve outstanding financial performance while simultaneously protecting the health and safety of employees, customers and neighbors."

Air Products' achievements cited by the Akira Inoue Award committee in the selection of Ermentrout include:

  • Attainment of the lowest US OSHA recordable injury rate among member companies of the American Chemistry Council from 2000 to 2003 – at roughly half of the industry average,
  • Implementation of a division-wide Basic Safety Process (BSP) which identifies hazardous situations to prevent accidents,
  • Provision of turnkey operation of hazardous materials handling at customer sites, minimizing the potential for customers to come into contact with potentially harmful substances resulting in an average 93 percent reduction in incidents per container change since 1998,
  • Annual reduction of 8.2 million pounds of hazardous wastes and an additional 20 million pounds of raw material and process gases at the world's largest specialty gas manufacturing facility,
  • Development of a fundamental understanding and advanced process analytical capability in support of nitrogen trifluoride chamber cleaning, which led to a significant reduction of global warming gas emissions,
  • Development of a screening procedure that was adopted by the Compressed Gas Association to identify products which should be designated as "Restricted Use" and a process for qualifying potential customers to whom materials should be provided,
  • Development and implementation of a Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) system for the Division which was recently approved and adopted by the American Chemistry Council,
  • Demanding and receiving the same high level of safety and environmental performance from his teams around the world, regardless of local customs or competitive pressures.

Ermentrout began his career with Air Products in 1975 as a participant in the company's Career Development Program, becoming a sales engineer in 1976. In 1983, he was named business area manager for Standard Plants, and in 1987 became general manager of the Process Industries Department. Appointed general manager for the Electronics Division in 1992, he assumed his current position as vice president and general manager in 1996. Ermentrout earned a B.S. in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1970 and an M.B.A. from Lehigh University in 1980.

The Akira Inoue Award is named after the late Akira Inoue, past president and representative director of Tokyo Electron Limited and a former member of the SEMI Board of Directors. Mr. Inoue was a champion of environmental protection and employee health and safety within the semiconductor industry. SEMI established the Akira Inoue Award to recognize individuals in industry and academia who have made significant EH&S contributions to the semiconductor industry and to society.

About SEMI

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

About Air Products

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

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