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News ReleaseAir Products Introduces Gastrak™ Economisers in China at the 2014 Beijing Essen Welding Fair

Reduce Shielding Gas Consumption and Welding Cost with Improved Weld Quality

June 10, 2014 Shanghai

Air Products’ booth welcomes visitors from all over the world.Air Products (NYSE: APD), a leading global industrial gases supplier and integrated gases application solutions provider, introduces its innovative Gastrak™ economisers in China at the Beijing Essen Welding and Cutting Fair 2014 held from June 10 to June 13 at the China International Exhibition Center, Beijing.

Air Products’ robotic welding demonstration shows how Linx gases and Gastrak™ economisers work seamlessly together to optimize the welding process. Designed to eliminate excessive shielding gas flows at the beginning of each weld known as “pre-weld surge” and optimize the flow rate for each application, Air Products’ Gastrak economizers can reduce the gas consumption by 25% or more with better weld quality. It has been successfully launched in Europe and North America with proven results of quality improvement and cost savings.

“China is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing welding and cutting markets. As costs increase, manufacturers are looking for ways to improve their competitiveness.” said Craig Hunt, global director, Welding and Fabrication at Air Products. “We are happy to introduce Gastrak economisers in China to bring the best gas control technology to welding customers in the country.”

As the official gases supplier for the Beijing Essen Welding and Cutting Fair for the fifth consecutive year, Air Products will supply about 400 cylinders of specially formulated Linx® shielding gases and conventional weld process gases to the key welding and cutting OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) for their live demonstrations at the show.

“Air Products is honored to have been selected by the organizer as the official gases supplier for this leading global trade fair for five consecutive years.” said Hunt. “Exhibitors and visitors have been deeply impressed by the superior welding performance and cost benefits of our carefully balanced Linx gas mixtures and conventional weld process gases.” For over 25 years, Air Products is committed to supporting the growth of China’s metal fabrication industries by developing innovative gas solutions.

At the fair, Air Products will also showcase its flexible gas supply modes including cylinders, CryoEase® Microbulk Solutions, liquid bulk trucks and on-site gas generation systems to meet different volume demands required by China’s manufacturing industry. Air Products’ fabrication industry experts around the globe will be on-hand to provide live robotic welding demonstrations. Visitors can witness on site how Air Products’ Linx gases and Gastrak economisers can work seamlessly together to achieve optimal welding performance to bring customers more competitive advantages.

Please visit Air Products at Booth E1636 to learn more about our integrated gases application solutions for metal fabrication industry.

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 20,000 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  

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, 2013.

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