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News ReleaseAir Products Epoxy Curing Agents Offer Improved Performance in Difficult Environments

November 01, 2006 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Long overcoatability and high corrosion and chemical resistance do not often go hand-in-hand, however, Air Products (NYSE:APD) now has two epoxy curing agents that offer both properties. Ancamide® 2634™ curing agent and Ancamide 2652 curing agent both provide formulators with strong barrier coats for difficult environments such as marine, maintenance and chemical facilities.

Ancamide 2652 curing agent is a special polyamide adduct designed for use with liquid epoxy resins in two-part, ambient-cured coatings specifically developed to provide long overcoatability with epoxy and alternative resin technology. In fact, with Ancamide 2652 curing agent, you can wait up to three months between first and second coats and do it without any surface preparation.

Ancamide 2634 curing agent is a modified polyamide curing agent designed for use in two-component solvent-borne epoxy coatings. Aside from corrosion and chemical resistance, it also offers good heat and cathodic disbondment resistance, along with good flexibility and adhesion and high blush resistance. It has a broad application range (40° to 240° Fahrenheit) and is designed to be cost effective, especially versus standard polyamides that are reliant on costly raw materials. Ancamide 2634 curing agent is less dependent on the typical raw materials used in producing standard polyamides, which makes it less susceptible to volatile price swings.

"For ambient cure coatings, Air Products Ancamide 2634 curing agent and Ancamide 2652 curing agent both provide excellent barrier protection in harsh environments," said Curt Junge, North American market manager, Epoxy Additives. "The high-solids content for both products also means they are lower in VOCs."

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 $9 billion, operations in over 30 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.

NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.

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