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News ReleaseDidcot Based Industrial Gas Team Supplies Helium for Channel 4 Speed Challenge

September 23, 2016 London, UK

Didcot Based Industrial Gas Team Supplies Helium for Channel 4 Speed ChallengeStaff at the Didcot factory of global industrial gases company, Air Products, have been involved in an adrenaline pumping speed challenge alongside one of the UK’s most popular motorcycle racers, in a new TV programme.

The Air Products team worked alongside professional motorcycle racer and mechanic Guy Martin, as part of Channel 4’s latest series of Speed with Guy Martin. The programmes see Guy undertake a number of speed based challenges, exploring the boundaries of physics and learning about the science of speed.

Didcot Based Industrial Gas Team Supplies Helium for Channel 4 Speed ChallengeAiring on Sunday 25 September, the latest episode features Guy’s attempts to become the first person to cross the English Channel in a human-powered airship, pedalling a bike suspended from a large helium-filled balloon. Air Products supplied the helium used in the airship for the attempt to cross one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

Louis-Florent Daspre, Plant Manager at Didcot, appeared in the filming, which captured the helium production process and gas bottling at the plant, located at Harrier Park in Hawksworth. Air Products supplied helium for the three practice attempts and final channel crossing attempt from its 300 bar multiple cylinder pack offering.

Tim Hulbert, Air Products’ Vice President – UK and Ireland (Industrial Gases), commented: “We were delighted to be involved in such an exciting project and to ensure the safe supply of helium for this fantastic challenge.

“Safety was a key priority for us throughout the challenge, particularly as Guy would be travelling across the busy English Channel. As the airship is as big as a bus, we needed to supply enough helium that would enable Guy to practice over several days and also for the attempt itself. The correct amount of helium varied for a number of reasons to create the ideal lift, including the effect of the different temperatures and what Guy was wearing. Our experts worked closely with the TV production team to supply the gas volumes required to safely lift the airship off the ground, and enable Guy to pedal forwards and hover without going up or down, demonstrating our expertise in supplying large quantities of gas for such a particularly unique challenge.”

Guy Martin added: “The Air Products boys were spot on. All cracking folk. I didn’t realise what absolute zero was and what that means to gas, and the way it’s transported in liquid form. Fascinating and thanks very much for the support.”

Air Products employs more than 2,500 staff across 70 sites in the UK and supplies industrial gases for use across multiple industries, including health, food and drink, transport, metals fabrication, metals processing, energy, pharmaceutical, speciality chemical, life sciences and semiconductors.

This episode will be aired on Sunday 25 September on Channel 4 between 7.30pm and 9pm.

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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 was ranked number 284 on the Fortune 500 annual list of public companies. Approximately 20,000 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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