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News ReleaseAir Products Named Official Supplier of Welding Gases for the Beijing Essen Welding Fair for Third Consecutive Year

June 04, 2012 Shanghai, China

China is the world’s biggest producer of welding and cutting machines and materials. It is also the world’s biggest consumer of these products. In this fast growing market, manufacturers – both domestic and international – are looking for ways to improve their competitiveness. Although gases represent only a small fraction of the overall cost of welding and cutting, they can make a big difference in enhancing productivity and product quality, and contributing to safety and environmental protection in manufacturing.

Air Products (NYSE: APD), a leading global industrial gases supplier to many high-growth segments of China’s manufacturing industry, provides innovative high-performance gases and gas application solutions to China’s welding and cutting customers. The company has been selected for the third consecutive year as the official gases supplier for the Beijing Essen Welding and Cutting Fair 2012, which is held from June 4-7 at the China International Exhibition Center, Beijing.

Air Products is supplying about 300 cylinders of gases this year to exhibitors, including key welding and cutting OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) such as Panasonic, OTC, ESAB, and Lincoln for their equipment and consumable demonstrations. The majority of the gases supplied to the show are from the company’s Linx® welding gases range, which is commonly used in MIG/MAG and TIG welding. These gas mixtures are specially formulated to provide superior quality, improved productivity, and enhanced safety. The remainder of the gas supply comprises conventional fabrication process gases including argon, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nitrogen, as well as high-purity three- and four-component laser mixtures.

“It is a great honor for Air Products to, once again, be the official gases supplier for this leading global trade fair. This will be our third year in a row. We are particularly pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with other key fabrication industry exhibitors and have received a lot of positive feedback in the past. I trust this year will be the best yet,” said Craig Hunt, global director, Welding and Fabrication at Air Products. “Air Products is investing heavily in China and in the development of innovative gas technologies to support the growth of China’s metal fabrication industry.”

At the fair, Air Products will showcase its high performance Linx welding gases and demonstrate the productivity and quality improvements that these gases can deliver. The companies welding and cutting specialists, and fabrication industry experts will be on-hand to offer advice and provide demonstrations of optimum welding gas selections live at the stand. In addition, Air Products will present the industry’s leading range of cost effective gas supply options. The company offers single cylinders, high-volume cylinder packs, CryoEase® Microbulk Solutions, large bulk gas supply, pipeline installation services, and on-site gas generation systems for the full range of fabrication process gases required by China’s manufacturing industry. Please visit Booth W1648 for more information.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. More than 18,000 employees in over 40 countries supply innovative solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2011, Air Products had sales of approximately $10 billion. 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, 2011.

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