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

Sponsorship Supports Government Efforts to Nurture Vocational Skills of Local Young Talent

August 25, 2017 Taipei, Taiwan

Air Products San Fu, subsidiary of world-leading industrial gases company Air Products (NYSE: APD), recently sponsored the welding contest at Taiwan’s Vocational Skills Competition for the fourth year running. As with the previous three years, the company will also sponsor the shielding gases used during the one-year training of Taiwan’s representatives for the international WorldSkills Competition.

Organized annually by Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor since 1968, the Vocational Skills Competition is the largest vocational skills development and education event in Taiwan. This year’s competition took place on 15-19 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 for the chance to represent Taiwan at the 45th WorldSkills Competition, to be held in Kazan, Russia, in 2019.

“As a world-leading industrial gases supplier, we are very honored to sponsor the Vocational Skills Competition with our very high quality and reliable shielding gases for the fourth consecutive year,” said Eugene Lu, president, Air Products San Fu. “Taiwan’s welding talent continues to make a vital contribution to the growth of many local industries. We value the opportunity to help nurture the next generation of welding professionals to support our economy in staying competitive.”

Air Products has been investing and operating in Taiwan through its subsidiary, Air Products San Fu, since 1987. The Company supplies industrial and specialty gases and related equipment to many industries, including metal fabrication, electronics, semiconductor, flat panel display and petrochemicals. Serving all parts of Taiwan through its strong and reliable supply network with more than 18 production facilities, Air Products San Fu has also established leading positions in all key science industry parks to serve its semiconductor and TFT-LCD customers. With a deep commitment to Taiwan’s sustainable future, the company also sponsored this year’s WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup® held in Tainan and Shanhua Elementary School baseball team Shanhua Little League.

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 in operation for over 75 years. 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 had fiscal 2016 sales of $7.5 billion from continuing operations in 50 countries and has a current market capitalization of approximately $30 billion. Approximately 16,000 employees are making 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 www.airproducts.com.

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, 2016.

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