December 08, 2005 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE:APD), a globally diversified gases and chemicals company, has brought a new air separation plant on-stream in Tangshan, Hebei Province, China to supply gaseous oxygen via pipelineto Guo Feng Steel, a member of the Xinfeng Group and nearby Fufeng Steel. In addition, the plant produces 300 tons per day of liquid products to support other customers in the Northern China area, further expanding Air Products' liquid product capacity economically to meet the growing liquid demand in the region.
Air Products has been supplying liquid oxygen to the Xinfeng Group since 1999. Xinfeng Group's decision in 2003 to expand its production capacity in Tangshan prompted Air Products' investment in the new plant.
Steel production in China is growing at close to 20% per annum, and Tangshan is one of the largest steel production centers in China, with annual production exceeding 30 million tons. Air Products has been supplying Tangshan since 1997 and is one of the leading gas suppliers to the steel industry in Northern China.
"I would like to thank the Tangshan City and Hebei Provincial government as well as Xinfeng Group for their strong support in bringing this new plant into operation. Air Products is honored to play a prominent role in the growth of China's steel industry, which is a key major contributor to the country's economic development," said Wilbur Mok, president of Air Products China. "We are committed to meeting China's industrial gas needs, and this plant is part of our investment strategy to build long-term infrastructure to expand our liquid product capacity economically."
Air Products was one of the first international industrial gas companies to enter China with a joint venture in 1987 and has established a solid infrastructure in Northern, Southern and Eastern China.
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 more than 20,000 employees around the globe.
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