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News ReleaseAir Products BIP® Purification Technology Receives 2014 Ringier Technology Innovation Awards for the Laser Industry

April 10, 2014 Shanghai, China

Air Products (NYSE: APD), a leading global supplier of industrial gases, performance materials, equipment and technology solutions, has recently won the 2014 Ringier Technology Innovation Awards for the Laser Industry in China for its BIP® purification technology. The technology is recognized for its innovation and reliability on gas purification, which results in production efficiency and cost effectiveness in gas analysis, high quality welding and laser cutting.

Frank Yu, general manager, Packaged Gases and Microbulk, China, Air Products, represented the company to receive the recognition.  Frank Yu, general manager, Packaged Gases and Microbulk, China, Air Products, represented the company to receive the recognition at the awards ceremony on March 19 in Shanghai. “We are honored to receive this prestigious award. It is a true reward of our long-standing effort in developing innovative gas technology to help customers achieve consistently reliable and outstanding performance in laser applications. We will continue to leverage our 50+ years of expertise in specialty gases to develop innovative gas solutions that help the laser industry improve process efficiency and cope with the challenges they face,” said Yu.

Organized by International Laser Solutions for Manufacturing China, a leading industrial magazine published by Ringier Trade Media, the Ringier Technology Innovation Awards was launched in 2006 and are regarded as one of the most important awards in China’s laser industry to recognize significant contributors for the advancement of industry through technical innovation.

This year, 72 products and technologies from 58 multinational and domestic players competed for the awards across 6 categories: lasers, laser systems for production engineering, laser system components, system peripherals of laser production engineering, optical materials and components, and others. Finally, 30 innovative products and technologies from 27 companies were selected by the panel of judges comprising experts from China’s authoritative industry associations, universities, research institutes and users. Air Products’ BIP® purification technology was selected as one of the winners in the category of laser systems for production engineering.

An innovative gas purification technology, BIP®, named from one of its most important features: the specially designed “Built-In Purifier”, is used to produce ultra high purity gas range for a wide variety of applications requiring high purity gases including laser cutting, high quality welding, gas chromatography, and inerting, etc. With Air Products’ cylinder and valve design, BIP® purification technology eliminates the risks of external contamination to the cylinder while purifying the gas in the cylinder at high pressure at the same time. This brings very low level of impurities, enabling customers to use argon, nitrogen and helium that are up to 300 times purer than normal cylinder gases, with less than 10ppb (parts per billion) total hydrocarbons, 10ppb oxygen and 20ppb moisture.

Globally, the laser equipment and processing market has experienced rapid and healthy growth. China remains a powerhouse, with a growth rate higher than that of the global average. More and more laser technologies have been introduced into the market and helped facilitate market growth. Among those, gas purification technology is vital to laser applications – purer laser gases help achieve higher intensity laser beam output for better laser cutting quality, and lower gas impurity level also help improve the performance of laser equipment and life of laser resonator.

About Air Products
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. Recognized as one of the world’s most innovative companies by both Thomson Reuters and Forbes magazine, more than 21,000 employees in over 50 countries supply effective 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 2013, Air Products had sales of $10.2 billion. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.  

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