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News ReleaseAir Products Rated as China Top 100 IDEAL™ Employers by Future Natural Sciences Talents

August 07, 2013 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE:APD), a leading global supplier of gases, materials, equipment and technology solutions, has recently been chosen as China Top 100 IDEAL™ Employers 2013 by a group of university students majoring in natural sciences. Students rated Air Products in the 2013 WetFeet Career Test (also known as Universum student survey), which is the largest-scale student survey for career and employer preference ever in China. Air Products ranks No. 79.

The survey was organized by the China Daily’s 21st Century English Newspaper and independently conducted by Universum, a global talent company specializing in employer branding. Over 64,000 students in the fields of natural sciences, business, engineering, law, humanities/liberal arts, and health/medicine from more than 100 top universities across China participated. The results of the survey reveal how students perceive organizations as employers in China.

Air Products also ranks No. 3 in “environmental sustainability” in the survey among natural sciences students, indicating its strong association with this attribute in the minds of the group.

“We feel honored to make the list of China Top 100 IDEAL™ Employers, which is a testimony to our attractiveness to young science students as an employer of choice,” said Stephen J. Jones, senior vice president and general manager, Tonnage Gases, Equipment and Energy, and China president, Air Products. “Talent development is a key component of Air Products’ company strategy. We have been working closely with universities and associations to cultivate talent in many ways, including research and development efforts, best practice and knowledge transfer, scholarships, internship programs and career development programs at Air Products. We look forward to their participation and contribution to build a more sustainable community.”

“As the competition for talent has grown stiffer over the years with the employment market increasingly becoming a level-playing field in China, every company is working hard to be viewed as an employer of choice,” said William Wu, vice president of Universum, Asia Pacific as he commended Air Products for this year’s achievements. ”Air Products has done a great job in maintaining its strong employer brand, as well as positive associations among natural sciences students. Everyone currently working at Air Products should feel proud!”

Air Products has been serving the China market for over 25 years with its leading edge technologies and solutions to help its customers become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. The company has long been actively collaborating with universities in China and has launched joint research programs with more than a dozen universities, including the Tsinghua University, Tianjin University, Zhejiang University, China University of Geosciences, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Jilin University, University of Science and Technology Beijing and South China University of Technology. Air Products has also established scholarship programs in nearly ten leading universities including Xi’an Jiaotong University, Tianjin University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and East China University of Science and Technology, etc. to cultivate talents.

About Universum Student Survey
Conducted annually in China since 2006, the Universum Student Survey is a global survey administered with local adaptations in almost 30 countries across the world. Through the survey, the university students identify the employers they deem to be most attractive to work for upon graduation, resulting in the Top 100 IDEAL Employers ranking in each country. The results of the Chinese Student Survey reveal how students perceive organizations as employers in China and the rankings reveal how attractive an employer is among specific groups of students and indicates a company’s position in relation to other ideal employers in this active recruitment market.

About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. More than 20,000 employees in over 50 countries supply innovative solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2012, Air Products had sales approaching $10 billion. 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, 2012.

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