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News ReleaseAir Products’ PRISM® Gas Generation System is the Answer for Gerdau Steel

Flexibility of Oxygen System Meets the Steel Mill Operating Schedule Demands

November 16, 2011 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

The ribbon has been cut, and Air Products’ (NYSE: APD) PRISM® VSA Oxygen Generation System is now officially supplying Gerdau Steel’s Whitby, Ontario, Canada facility with over 200 tons per day of oxygen for its steelmaking plant. Air Products won the long-term contract, which also includes liquid nitrogen and liquid oxygen supply, by demonstrating the versatile flexibility of the PRISM system as the right fit for Gerdau’s production schedule.

“We have vast experience working with the global steel industry to meet their industrial gas needs. Not all steel mills are the same, and we have several supply options to provide the right solution. Our PRISM VSA Oxygen Generation System was the ideal fit to help Gerdau achieve an optimal balance between efficiency and economics,” said Nelson Squires, vice president, North America Merchant Gases at Air Products. “We worked closely with Gerdau to understand their steel plant operating needs and to evaluate the gas supply alternatives, and our PRISM product was the on-site solution chosen.”

Unlike cryogenic air separation processes, the VSA generator works at ambient temperature, significantly reducing power consumption, capital investment, and the amount of time to stop and start the system. The system’s modular design requires minimal plot space and is efficiently skidded for low installation cost.

This Gerdau project announcement follows Air Products’ September 2011 PRISM VSA Oxygen Generation System contract win at a first-of-its-kind waste-to-ethanol facility in Vero Beach, Florida, demonstrating the application versatility of the oxygen system.

Air Products’ PRISM® Gas Generation Systems supply nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen to more than 1,500 customers in over 30 countries worldwide. Global markets currently served by these systems include glass, steel, electronics and semiconductors, non-ferrous metals, metals processing, chemicals, food processing and packaging, and energy production and processing. More information on Air Products’ PRISM offerings can be found at  

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 2011, Air Products had revenues of $10.1 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 18,900 employees around the globe. For more information, visit

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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