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News ReleaseAir Products’ Oxygen Enrichment for Cement and Lime Manufacturing Receives “Technology of the Year” Award at Global Fuels Conference in Malaysia

June 13, 2011 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products’ (NYSE:APD) oxygen enrichment technology for cement and lime manufacturing was recently recognized by Global Cement magazine as the “Global Alternative Fuels Technology of the Year.” The award, given annually for the most innovative technology for alternative fuel use, was presented at the 5th Global Fuels Conference & Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in April.

Oxygen enrichment is a flexible, efficient and cost-effective technology that allows manufacturers to overcome the challenges of maintaining burning zone temperature and product quality when burning alternative fuels. The technology enables cement and lime producers to burn alternative fuels more consistently and at a higher flame temperature. Enriching the oxygen concentration of combustion air can help manufacturers increase current fuel substitution rates by 30 percent to 80 percent, maintain or increase production, and lower operating costs.

Air Products presented a paper at the conference that explained the benefits of its proprietary technology and shared results of a recent installation in Asia that enabled a customer to increase the use of waste fuels and lower its costs. For more details, visit www.airproducts.com/cement.  

Air Products has been working with the cement and lime industries for more than 30 years, helping customers with all types of kilns improve their operations. The company’s combustion specialists have extensive knowledge and practical experience in the implementation of oxygen-enhanced combustion in cement and lime manufacturing, enabling customers around the world to boost production, increase use of alternative and waste fuels, decrease emissions, and improve overall kiln operation.

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. In fiscal 2010, Air Products had revenues of $9 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 18,300 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.  

NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including risk factors described in the Company’s Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2010.

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