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News ReleaseFreshline® Gases Make the Grade

March 30, 2006 Europe

As a result of extensive research into the needs of European food manufacturers, Air Products is introducing a new range of Freshline® food grade cylinders which provide enhanced security and quality features.

Air Products' gases are used in a range of applications from carbonating drinks to Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP). A recent survey of food manufacturers and processors in Germany, France, Spain, Benelux and the UK identified a clear demand for tamper-proof cylinders. As a direct result, Freshline® cylinders now incorporate a shrink wrap system around the valve to give a clear indication as to whether product integrity has been compromised. In addition, the new cylinders now have a d istinctive painted body and guard colour (blue lilac) for clear and easy differentiation from industrial products.

The new Freshline® gas products are fully traceable from the production of liquefied bulk gases through to the filling and distribution of cylinders. Each cylinder is provided with its own batch numbered certificate of conformity within the shrink wrap which allows it to be traced back to its original production time and location and is linked to a full product analysis.

As a further safety feature each cylinder is fitted with a residual pressure valve (RPV) to stop back contamination of the gas. They are also painted to a high quality paint specification for superior hygiene and robustness.

Michelle Jackson, business development manager for Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) at Air Products, comments:

"Last year we took the opportunity to undertake some extensive research into the European market for Modified Atmosphere Packaging and the priorities for food manufacturers active in this growing sector of the industry.

"It was clear that reassurance that gases are free from contamination is a high priority and the measures we have introduced are designed to ensure the highest quality, security, safety and traceability standards.

Note to editors:
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 $8.1billion, operations in over 30 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.

For more information, please contact: 
Christine Smart or Gill Holtom
Citigate SMARTS
Phone: 0121 456 3199
Email: gill.holtom@citigatesmarts.co.uk

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