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News ReleaseAir Products' Collaboration With Weiler Advances Processing Innovation

October 30, 2008 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products has increased efficiency by 20% for its customer Arctic Fish Products in work completed over just two weekends. In line with its commitment to long-term customer service and proactive improvement, Air Products reviewed Arctic Fish’s Freshline® freezing equipment and implemented a range of measures to optimise its performance and throughput.

Arctic Fish Products is a contract fish freezing company supplying primarily into the wholesale trade. The unpredictable nature of its business means flexibility is essential. Ken Sisson, production director, comments: “Our throughput levels change every day depending on the morning’s catch and our customers’ requirements. So Air Products’ responsiveness and flexibility are truly valuable. Having such a reliable and forward-thinking partner has not only meant we can provide high levels of service, but we’ve also dramatically increased our capacity. Air Products truly understands our business and will be a key part of our continued future growth.”

Emma Guthrie, European marketing manager, Food and Industrial Cryogenics, at Air Products, comments: “It is very satisfying to see the individual needs of our customers being met through a combination of innovative equipment, close partnership and proactive improvement efforts. Cryogenic freezing is the ideal technology for many fish and seafood processors as it can significantly affect their bottom line. But improvements are always desirable, so Air Products regularly reviews its customers’ processes and makes suggestions for further enhancements which enable an even better return on investment.”

Formed in 2006, Arctic Fish has grown quickly to reach a turnover of £1.2 million. The Grimsby-based company is an employer of thirty and is occupied with the processing, freezing, grading, packing and cold storage of white fish, notably cod, haddock and plaice.

The world seafood market is predicted to exceed US$388.9 billion by 2010*, with the frozen seafood segment witnessing increases in terms of both volume and value.


* Global Industry Analysts, Inc., The Seafood Market, March 2008

Editor’s Note:
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 $10 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 21,000 employees around the globe.

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Hugh Ashworth, Air Products
Tel 0800 389 0202
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