Air Products – Serving the Industrial, Energy, Technology and Healthcare Markets

Background

Air Products serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. Air Products is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices.

Global Reach

Air Products touches the lives of consumers around the globe in positive ways every day. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. Our aim at Air Products is to develop lasting relationships with our customers and communities based on human qualities: an understanding of their needs, integrity and honesty in the way we do business, and a passion for exceeding expectations.

Air Product History

Air Products was established in 1940 in Detroit, Michigan, on the strength of a simple but then revolutionary idea: the “on-site” concept of producing and selling industrial gases, primarily oxygen. At the time, most oxygen was sold as a highly compressed gas product in cylinders that weighed five times more than the gas itself. Air Products proposed building oxygen gas generating facilities adjacent to large-volume users, thereby reducing distribution costs. The concept of piping the gas directly from the generator to the point of use proved sound and technically solvable.

Air Products Today

        More than 20,000 employees around the world

        Operations in more than 40 countries

        Annual revenues of $9 billion

        Ranked 275th in sales among Fortune magazine’s April 2007 list of the 500 largest U.S. corporations

        Serving a Diversity of Markets

Markets

Merchant Gases

Through our Merchant Gases business, Air Products supply oxygen, nitrogen, argon, helium and hydrogen as well as certain medical and specialty gases to a wide variety of industrial and medical customers. We deliver most gases via bulk supply, by tanker or tube trailer, in liquid or gaseous form. For customers requiring small volumes, we supply product in cylinders and dewars, or “packaged gases.” We also produce gases for some customers via small cryogenic or non-cryogenic on-site generators through sale of gas contracts and some sale of equipment.

Tonnage Gases, Equipment and Energy

Tonnage Gases is our business supplying large quantities of hydrogen, synthesis gas, carbon monoxide, oxygen and nitrogen, mainly to petroleum refining, chemical and metallurgical customers under long-term contracts. We generally build a facility adjacent to or nearby our customer’s facility and deliver product through a pipeline. Our Equipment business provides liquefied natural gas (LNG) heat exchangers, air separation plants, hydrocarbon recovery and purification equipment, and helium distribution equipment to industry. Within Energy, Air Products own and operate power generation and flue gas treatment facilities and are developing technologies to serve energy markets of the future, including gasification and alternative energy technologies.

Electronics and Performance Materials

Through our Electronics and Performance Materials business, Air Products provide material solutions to a broad range of global industries, leveraging our expertise in chemical synthesis, analytical technology, process engineering and surface science. Air Products supply specialty and tonnage gases, specialty and bulk chemicals, services and equipment to the electronics industry for manufacturing silicon and compound semiconductors, displays and photovoltaic devices. Air Products also provide performance chemical solutions for the coatings, inks, adhesives, civil engineering, personal care, institutional and industrial cleaning, mining, oil field, polyurethane and other industries.

Healthcare

Through our Healthcare business, Air Products provide respiratory therapies, home medical equipment and infusion services to more than 500,000 patients in their homes. Air Products operate in 15 countries and are the market leader in Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Mexico. Our specialist teams serve patients with conditions ranging from chronic lung disease, asthma and emphysema to sleep apnea. And we strive to improve their quality of life, providing oxygen therapy, nebulizer therapy, sleep management therapy, anti-infective therapy, beds and wheelchairs, and many other products and services.

Products

Air Products can supply:

        Chemicals

        Gases

        Equipment and services

These areas are elaborated on in the following sections, as well as the various market sectors that Air Products service.

Chemicals

        Advanced Materials

        Electronic Chemicals

        Epoxy Additives and Resins

        Fluorination

        Nanomaterials

        Performance Materials

        Polymer Emulsions

        Polyurea Amines & Isocynates

        Personal Care Polymers

        Polyurethane Additives

        Polyurethane Intermediates

        Polyurethane Prepolymers/Curatives

        Specialty Amines

        Surfactants, Defoamers & Pigment Dispersing Additives

Gases

        Argon

        Carbon Monoxide/Syngas

        Cylinder

        Electronics

        Helium

        Hydrogen

        Hydrogen Energy Fuel

        Liquid Bulk Solutions

        Nitrogen

        Oxygen

        Specialty

Equipment and Services

        Equipment

        On-Site Gas Generation

        Services

Markets

        Adhesives

        Aerospace

        Agchem

        Analytical

        Aquaculture and Water Treatment

        Castable Elastomers

        Cement

        Chemical and Processing

        Custom/Fine Chemicals

        Electronics

        Food

        Fuel

        Gasification

        Glass

        Graphic Arts

        Industrial/Institutional Cleaning

        Medical/Healthcare

        Metal Fabrication

        Metals

        Mining

        Nonwovens

        Oilfield

        Paints and Coatings

        Personal Care

        Petrochemicals

        Pharmaceuticals

        Pulp and Paper

        Refining

        Rubber and Plastics

        Spray Elastomers

        Tire Inflation

        Wastewater

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