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News ReleaseAir Products Signs Two Major Gas Contracts with Leading Semiconductor and Flat Panel Manufacturers in Asia

May 09, 2006 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) today announced that its subsidiary in Taiwan, Air Products San Fu Gas Co. Ltd., has signed major contracts with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) to serve their facilities located in Tainan Science Industrial Park (TSIP), one of the largest technology parks in the world. Air Products San Fu will supply nitrogen and bulk gases to both manufacturers, and build an air separation unit (ASU) in the park to support existing and growing customer demand.

Air Products San Fu will serve TSMC Fab 14 phase two expansion and CMO Fab 7. TSMC Fab 14 is TSMC's second 12-inch wafer fab specializing in advanced 90- and 65-nm process technologies. CMO Fab 7 is a Generation 7.5 TFT-LCD manufacturing facility.

"The new contracts further solidify our long-term partnership with TSMC and CMO, as well as our leading supply position in TSIP," said Corning Painter, vice president of Asia Electronics and North Asia. "These contracts are the direct result of the investments we have made in expanding our global infrastructure and local supply over the years to better serve our customers in Asia. It is part of our long-term strategy and has positioned us so that we can quickly respond to growing customer demand and in turn grow along with our customers."

Air Products San Fu has established a leading supply position in TSIP. Its customers in the park include: TSMC, Fab6 and Fab 14Phase One; United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), Fab12A; and CMO, Fab 3, Fab 4 and the newly-signed Fab 5 and Fab 7. Air Products San Fu serves its customers by large ultra-high purity (UHP) bulk gas production facilities and a pipeline with a total capacity exceeding 60,000 Nm3/Hr. Its main plant, with the world's largest UHP nitrogen generator, supplies the pipeline at 50,000 Nm3/Hr. This plant also produces UHP liquid nitrogen and UHP liquid oxygen for other semiconductor customers.

Air Products is a leading supplier to the global Electronics industry. Worldwide, its Electronics business generates $1.3 billion in sales. Its portfolio consists of integrated service offerings and products including bulk gases, specialty materials and leading-edge equipment. The company has solid infrastructure in Asia to support the growing TFT-LCD and semiconductor markets.

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 more than 20,000 employees around the globe.

Air Products SanFu is a leading producer of industrial gases in Taiwan, supplying atmospheric gases, electronics specialty gases, chemicals and related equipment for many industries. Air Products San Fu is one of "The Top 200 Companies" in Taiwan and is the first gas company in Taiwan awarded ISO9002 and ISO14000 certifications.

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