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News ReleaseAir Products Receives Queen’s Award at Official Ceremony

July 26, 2007 United Kingdom

On Thursday 26 th July, the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire officially presented the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2007, to Air Products for its Integra® cylinders and Maxx® gases range.

Air Products employs 380 employees in Crewe, where its UK headquarters are based, as well as its UK healthcare call centre.

The innovative Integra cylinders and Maxx gases are used for welding and cutting metals – from carbon and stainless steels, to aluminium and alloys. They bring improved safety, quality, productivity and innovation to a traditionally mature market that has seen very little change for the last century.

Since the launch some five years ago, the Integra cylinders have become the reference for the welding market, not only within the UK, but across Europe. The award in the ‘continuous innovation’ category recognises the ongoing nature of the innovation, such as the recently introduced oxy-acetylene versions, which offer significant safety benefits over conventional cylinders.

Professor John Irven, Director of Technology, Air Products Packaged Gases, said: “We are extremely proud to receive the Queen’s Award for Innovation, for our Integra cylinders and Maxx gases. We have been listening to our customers’ requirements and developed cylinders that are lighter, easier to handle and safer with their integrated valve and gas control functions, and shielding gases that give improved environmental and safety performance, whilst increasing quality and productivity.”

Ivo Bols, Vice President, Air Products Packaged Gases, concludes: “The Queen’s Award for Innovation is for each and all our employees who have been involved in the Integra cylinder and Maxx gases success. It demonstrates our team is true to its value of b uilding lasting relationships with their customers based on understanding, integrity and passion.”

It is the 8th award received by Air Products, since 1968 and the 2nd for innovation. In 2004, Air Products had already been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2004 for its BIP® technology.

The award was presented at the MMU Crewe Campus, in front of Air Products employees, customers, suppliers and agents. A welding demonstration, using Air Products’ Integra cylinders and Maxx gases, was carried out during the ceremony.

Editors notes:
Photographs are available FOC from Sarah Pryor, Air Products (details above)

About Air Products

Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. 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 40 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit

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