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News ReleaseAir Products Sponsors Welding Contest Organized by Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor for the Second Year

Driving Cultivation of Welding Talent for Taiwan’s Sustainable Industrial Growth

October 06, 2015 Taipei, Taiwan

(L to R) Hao Feng-Ming, Political Deputy Minister of Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor, and Abel Chi Chiang Chao, Packaged Gases Business Manager, Taiwan Industrial Gases, Air Products at the Award Ceremony.Air Products San Fu, a subsidiary of leading global industrial gases supplier Air Products (NYSE: APD), has since 2014 sponsored the Welding Contest at the 44th and 45th National Skills Competitions organized by Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor, providing shielding gases for semi-automatic welding during the contest and for the one-year training of Taiwan’s welding representatives at the WorldSkills Competitions held in August 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil and scheduled for 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Organized annually in Taiwan since 1968, the Competition is the biggest vocational skills development and education event in Taiwan. This year’s competition took place in September, with over 700 participants competing in 47 categories including welding. Open to contestants aged 21 years or under, the Welding Contest offers young welding talent a valuable opportunity to hone their vocational skills and gain experience for their professional development. The top three winners will qualify for next year’s selection competition, which will select the representatives to represent Taiwan at the WorldSkills Competition.

“Welding skill is critical in many industries. As a leading supplier of shielding gases, Air Products recognizes the importance of building a sustainable pool of welding talent,” said Eugene Lu, general manager, Taiwan Industrial Gases, Air Products. “We are glad to be able to take part in this meaningful event organized by the Ministry of Labor and to sponsor the Welding Contest for the second year. We will continue to support Taiwan’s talent and technological development through different efforts.”

Air Products is a global leading supplier of shielding gases for welding applications and is recognized for its high-quality gases, flexible supply options and reliable supply network. The company’s shielding gases are widely used in various types of manual, mechanized and robotic welding for different materials such as carbon and alloy steels, stainless steel, aluminium and alloys. Bringing many benefits to customers, including faster welding, better weld quality, less spatter and reduced post-weld cleaning, Air Products’ shielding gases also protect welders’ health and help maintain a safe working environment through low-fume emission rates and ultra-low ozone exposure levels.

Since 1987, Air Products has been investing and operating in Taiwan through its subsidiary Air Products San Fu and supplies industrial and specialty gases, specialty chemicals, performance materials and related equipment to many industries including electronics, semiconductor, flat panel display and petrochemicals. Serving all parts of Taiwan through approximately 700 employees and more than 18 production facilities with strong and reliable supply capabilities, Air Products San Fu has also established leading positions in all key science industry parks to serve its semiconductor and TFT-LCD customers.

About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a leading industrial gases company. For nearly 75 years, the company has provided atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and related equipment to manufacturing markets including metals, food and beverage, refining and petrochemical, and natural gas liquefaction. Air Products’ materials technologies segment serves the semiconductor, polyurethanes, cleaning and coatings, and adhesives industries. Over 20,000 employees in 50 countries are working to make Air Products the world’s safest and best performing industrial gases company, providing sustainable offerings and excellent service to all customers. In fiscal 2014, Air Products had sales of $10.4 billion and was ranked number 276 on the Fortune 500 annual list of public companies. 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, 2014.

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