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News ReleaseAir Products Announces "Spirit of Innovation" Exhibition to Showcase 21 Years of R&D Success

January 30, 2012

Air Products is hosting an exhibition at its European Technology Group’s headquarters in Basingstoke to showcase 21 years of innovation and to promote the importance of collaborative research projects as a focus for R&D investment.

The ‘Spirit of Innovation’ exhibition (1–3 February 2012) will be attended by local science students as well as a host of customer, research and industry partners from across Europe. Exhibits at the event will include some of the European Technology Group’s most significant and award-winning R&D success stories to date, since the facility opened in 1991, and their impact in the global marketplace. Two of the exhibits – Air Products’ BIP® technology and the Integra® cylinder, with its complementary Maxx® gases range, have achieved Queen’s Awards for Innovation in 2004 and 2007 respectively.

In recent decades, cryogenic technology has found many varied industrial uses in everything from food freezing systems to emissions control solutions, in fact, in virtually any application that benefits from an extremely cold environment. Industrial gas cylinders and cylinder packs are used in everything from sub sea construction to laboratory analysis and welding applications.

John Marsland, Air Products’ Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Merchant Gases, said:

“Some of the company’s brightest research scientists and engineers are located at the Centre, working on collaborative initiatives with research and industrial partners to find solutions to global engineering and technical challenges.

“This exhibition has been organised to showcase innovation at all levels, not just the market-leading products that have become synonymous with our brand. Celebrating achievements in this area will help to foster a ‘spirit of innovation’ which will continue to benefit our business and inspire research initiatives.

“The exhibition also underlines our business strategy, which is to focus on continuing to invest in core activities in order to further strengthen our position as a leading industrial gas supplier.”

The following exhibits are among those that will feature at the exhibition:

  • Food freezing tunnels that use liquid nitrogen to individually quick freeze food products, improving product quality by helping to reduce moisture loss and improve taste, texture and appearance
  • Cryogenic emissions control technology to recover VOCs and other harmful pollutants from fridges and freezers at the end of their life.
  • The innovative Integra® cylinder, which is lighter, easier to handle and safer to use, along with the Maxx® range of gases. Together, they are helping welders to improve productivity, weld quality, efficiency and the working environment.
  • Freshline® food grade gases, which are used in modified atmosphere packaging to help extend the shelf-life and preserve the quality of a variety of food groups.

Other technology demonstrations will also feature.

Press contact:
Christine Smart
Tel: +44 (0)121 456 3199

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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. 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

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