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News ReleaseAir Products Launches EnviroGem® 360 Surfactant for Coatings Applications

October 03, 2007 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) today introduced EnviroGem® 360 surfactant for the global architectural and industrial coatings market. EnviroGem 360 surfactant has the ability to boost low-energy substrate wetting, lower foam, and reduce minimum film forming temperature (MFFT) and coating defects—all without contributing to VOC content.

EnviroGem 360 surfactant is also environmentally friendly, as in addition to its very low VOC, the product also does not contain alkylphenol ethoxylates (APE), which are persistent in the environment and suspected of being endocrine disruptors. The surfactant is also inherently biodegradable.

“EnviroGem 360 surfactants can help coatings formulators increase performance and address many of the challenges that are inherent in low VOC formulating,” said Laurie Marshall, market manager for coatings and adhesives at Air Products.

Coatings are not the only end use for EnviroGem 360 surfactant. It also is used in the printing industry as an additive for fountain solutions. In fact, the use of EnviroGem 360 in fountain solutions provides superior wetting and foam reduction without harming the press or printing components.

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. Air Products has annual revenues of $9 billion, operations in over 40 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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