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Last Updated November 2018

Air Products Joins KAUST Industry Collaboration Program
Early November 2018 marked another significant milestone at Air Products Technology center in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company signed an agreement to become a strategic partner of an Industry Collaboration Program (KICP) with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). A world-leading global industrial gases company, Air Products is the latest influential international company to join the KICP network. The network encourages relationships between academia and industry to blossom through strong research partnerships that are taking the latest advancements in science and technology to the marketplace.

Dr. Samir J. Serhan, executive vice president at Air Products said, “This agreement not only gives Air Products access to KAUST’s innovative research, technologies and talent pool, but it also provides a collaborative platform that will help Air Products tackle technology challenges in the industrial gases business. Through the collaboration we will aim towards achieving our higher purpose; to create innovative solutions that benefit the environment, enhance sustainability and address the challenges facing customers and communities around the world.” 

The Industry Collaboration Program also provides Air Products with a platform to access KAUST’s world-leading expertise, equipment and research infrastructure. This will enable the company to further its research and development activity in the areas of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage; adsorbent membrane-based gas separation; syngas and hydrogen production, steam reforming and residual gasification technologies.

“We are pleased to welcome Air Products to KAUST’s KICP network and look forward to working with them to ensure that KAUST’s world class expertise and cutting edge technological resources add real value to their company. This collaboration will open up new scientific opportunities and advantages to Air Products." said Dr. Tony Chan, president of KAUST.

Air Products first identified opportunities for collaboration with KAUST during a visit to campus earlier this year. During the visit members of the company were given a tour of KAUST facilities including the KAUST Core Labs.

“This collaboration agreement will facilitate access for Air Products to KAUST’s specialized research equipment operated by expert staff with advanced degrees in science and engineering. KAUST’s research infrastructure will complement and support the company's strengths in material and surface sciences, application and engineering excellence,” added Dr. Justin Mynar, Director of the KAUST Core Labs.

The KICP is a membership-based program with the objective of fostering strong and productive partnerships with industry, generating value for both KAUST and the KICP members. This is done through facilitating engagement of industry with KAUST’s faculty, world-class talent pool and technology commercialization capability. Existing KICP members include some of the largest and most influential technology intensive corporations in the world.

More information about KAUST Industry Collaboration Program.

Air Products Joins KAUST Industry Collaboration Program

Left to right: William Karlson, executive director of technology at Air Products; Dr. Samir Serhan, executive vice president at Air Products; Dr. Tony Chan, president of KAUST; Dr. Justin Mynar, director of the KAUST Core Labs.


Last Updated August 2018

Air Products chairman, president and chief executive officer, Seifi Ghasemi, visited the site of Air Products new Technology Center in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in late July. 

The visit was a timely opportunity to showcase the work currently underway to design and develop what will become the company’s new technology center and primary base for technology support in The Kingdom. When fully operational, the center will ultimately become a base for collaboration with regional universities, as well as for supporting all of Air Products’ technical activities in the region. The center is located within the prestigious Dhahran Techno Valley Science Park.

Initial occupancy of the Center took place, on schedule, during early August. Work continues now to complete the fit-out of the building. An official inauguration is scheduled for later this year.

Seifi Ghasemi and Saudi Arabia Technology Center team

Members of Air Products Saudi Arabia Technology Center team take a moment to be pictured with Seifi Ghasemi and local leadership.


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March 2018

On March 27, 2018, Air Products CEO Seifi Ghasemi attended the Saudi-U.S. CEO Forum with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Sa’ud. During the Forum, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) Governor Ibrahim bin Abdul Rahman Al-Omar granted the investment license for Air Products’ industrial gases technology center in the Dhahran Techno Valley Science Park . . . 
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