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

Company Supports Sustainable Welding Talent Development in Taiwan

August 26, 2016 Taipei, Taiwan

Air Products San Fu, a subsidiary of world-leading industrial gases supplier Air Products (NYSE: APD), recently sponsored the welding contests at the 46th Vocational Skills Competition and the jointly held 44th WorldSkills Competition Team Selection Contest. The Company will also sponsor the shielding gases used during the one-year training of Taiwan’s representatives for the 44th WorldSkills Competition. This is the third consecutive year for Air Products San Fu to sponsor the welding contests and contestants’ training.

  Abel Chao Chi Chiang, packaged gases business manager, Air Products San Fu (pictured right of center), and Guo Fang Yu, Taiwan’s Minister of Labor, at the Award Ceremony.
  Abel Chao Chi Chiang, packaged gases business manager, Air Products San Fu (pictured right), and Guo Fang Yu, Taiwan’s Minister of Labor, at the award ceremony.

Organized annually by Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor since 1968, the Vocational Skills Competition is the biggest vocational skills development and education event in Taiwan. This year’s competition took place on 9-13 August, with over 700 participants competing in 47 categories, including welding. Open to contestants aged 21 years or under, the Vocational Skills Competition offers young talent a valuable opportunity to hone their vocational skills and gain experience for their professional development. The top three winners in each category will be eligible to compete in the 44th WorldSkills Competition Team Selection Contest for the chance to represent Taiwan at the international vocational education and skills event to be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in 2017.

Eugene Lu, president, Taiwan Industrial Gases, Air Products, said, “Welding has a wide application across a multitude of industries and plays an important role in economic development. As a leading industrial gases supplier, we are very honored to sponsor the shielding gases at the Vocational Skills Competition’s welding contests and the contestants’ training for the third consecutive year. This has been a valuable opportunity for us to support the new generation of technicians in enhancing their skills in this professional field, and to help cultivate high-caliber talent for Taiwan’s welding industry.”

Since 1987, Air Products has been investing and operating in Taiwan through its subsidiary, Air Products San Fu. The company supplies industrial and specialty gases, specialty chemicals, performance materials and related equipment to many industries, including metal fabrication, electronics, semiconductor, flat panel display and petrochemicals. Serving all parts of Taiwan through approximately 500 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.

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.

About Air Products

Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a world-leading Industrial Gases company celebrating 75 years of operation. The company’s core Industrial Gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the world’s leading supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The company’s Materials Technologies business serves the semiconductor, polyurethanes, cleaning and coatings, and adhesives industries.

The company had fiscal 2015 sales of $9.9 billion and has a current market capitalization of more than $30 billion. Approximately 19,000 employees in 50 countries strive to make Air Products the world’s safest and best performing Industrial Gases company, providing sustainable offerings and excellent service to all customers. 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, 2015.

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