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News ReleaseAir Products’ Executive Vice President Corning Painter Speaks at High-level CEO Dialogue in Beijing about Coal Gasification

Thoughts from Top-notch Industry Leaders Will Steer Future Direction of China’s Petroleum and Chemical Industry

March 29, 2018 Shanghai, China

Air Products’ Industrial Gases Executive Vice President Corning Painter  Provides Thought Leadership on Coal Gasification at China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation Dialogue in Beijing With China driving for industrial transformation and upgrading for more sustainable growth under its 13th Five-Year Plan, the petroleum and chemical industry is calling for new thoughts to steer its future direction which is focused on higher value-added products, innovation and environmental protection.

Air Products’ Industrial Gases Executive Vice President Corning Painter, along with 15 executives from other leading multinational and domestic chemical companies, attended the high-level, invitation-only and closed-door 2018 CEO Dialogue recently held in Beijing. Organized by government-backed China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF), the CEO Dialogue is an annual forum engaging chief executives from global and domestic industry leaders to discuss industry challenges and exchange ideas to guide the next phase of development.

Addressing the topic of “Prospect of the Transformation and Upgrading of Petrolum and Chemical Industry in New Era”, Painter offered his insights in how the coal gasification industry can play a key role in China’s Energy Strategy.

The forum also discussed “The Belt and Road Initiative: China Proposal, Global Opportunities.”

Air Products’ Industrial Gases Executive Vice President Corning Painter  Provides Thought Leadership on Coal Gasification at China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation Dialogue in Beijing Kicked off and concluded by CPCIF Chairman Li Shousheng, this year’s event was attended by CNPC General Manager Zhang Jianhua, China Energy Corporation Chairman Qiao Baoping, CNOOC Vice General Manager Lv Bo, Sinochem Group Chairman of the Board Frank Ning, as well as senior leaders from other domestic giants and multinational chemical companies including BASF, Total and BP.

“Coal gasification is needed as the process to produce cleaner fuels, energy and other high value-added critical chemicals essential to our daily lives. While major gasification players are upgrading their plants to integrate more value-added downstream derivatives, the key ingredients for success are Innovation, Large Scale, Advanced Technology and World-Scale Operational Expertise. Large-scale gasifiers equipped with proven technology and plant operational expertise can help maximize output and minimize production cost. Technology maturity is also important to downstream processes,” Painter said at the forum.

Painter also reinforced Air Products’ commitment to China’s coal chemical projects by leveraging the company’s abundant experience in the safe operation of large-scale projects around the world.

Air Products has been actively supporting China’s coal gasification market and collaborating with leading domestic companies to produce cleaner fuels and higher value-added downstream chemicals. More than a dozen of its advanced and world-scale air separation unit plants are involved in four gigantic industry-leading coal chemical projects in Pucheng and Yulin of Shaanxi Province, Changzhi of Shanxi Province and Ordos in Inner Mongolia.

Last year, the company signed a significant investment agreement with Yankuang in the presence of U.S. President Trump and China President Xi during the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Trade Mission to China on a $3.5 billion coal-to-syngas production facility in Yulin, and also with Lu’an on another major coal gasification project in Changzhi. In January, the company announced an agreement to acquire Royal Dutch Shell plc’s Coal Gasification Technology business and Shell’s patent portfolio for Liquids (Residue) Gasification in support of domestic gasification projects.

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 2017 sales of $8.2 billion from continuing operations in 50 countries and has a current market capitalization of about $35 billion. Approximately 15,000 passionate, talented and committed employees from a diversity of backgrounds are driven by Air Products’ higher purpose to create innovative solutions that benefit the environment, enhance sustainability and address the challenges facing customers, communities, and the world. 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, 2017.

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