Air products to Sell Share in Vinyl Acetate Ethylene Polymer Joint Venture

Air Products today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its interest in its vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) polymers joint ventures to Wacker Chemie AG, its long-time joint venture partner. As part of the agreement, Air Products will receive full ownership in the Elkton, Md., and Piedmont, S.C., production facilities and their related businesses plus cash considerations of $265 million. The sale is part of Air Products’ previously announced portfolio management activities intended to make the company a more focused, less cyclical and higher growth company.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement to sell our interest in our polymers joint venture to our long-time partner, Wacker Chemie,” said John McGlade, Air Products’ president and CEO. “They recognize the strategic value of the business, its high quality assets and its outstanding team of employees.”

The sale consists of the global VAE polymers operations including production facilities located in Calvert City, Ky.; South Brunswick, N.J.; Cologne, Germany; and Ulsan, Korea; and commercial and research capabilities in Lehigh Valley, Pa., and Burghausen, Germany. The business produces VAE for use in adhesives, paints and coatings, paper and carpet applications. There are approximately 430 employees directly associated with this business. These employees will be offered employment with Wacker, whichintends to continue operating the business out of the Lehigh Valley.

“Our agreement today will give Wacker integrated production sites in the USA and Asia,” said Peter-Alexander Wacker, CEO of Wacker. “We have worked together for more than 20 years and look forward to welcoming Air Products employees to Wacker.”

Upon completion of the sale, Air Products will assume full ownership of the Elkton and Piedmont plants and related North American atmospheric emulsions and global pressure sensitive adhesives business. Air Products intends to sell these businesses.

Air Products and Wacker expect the sale, which is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, to be completed during the first quarter of 2008.

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