Air Products Unveils Advanced Gas Applications Lab at Shanghai Technology Center

  Air Products Unveils Advanced Gas Applications Lab at Shanghai Technology

Expanded Capacity and New Fabrication Capability Will Support China's
High-growth Industrial Gas Applications Market

PR Newswire

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Dec. 18, 2012

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Products (NYSE: APD)
today announced the opening of an advanced gas applications laboratory within
its Asia Technology Center in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Shanghai, China.
The new lab will further strengthen the center's research and development
(R&D) capabilities to support the increasing needs of high-growth markets in
China and across Asia.

The new lab represents a significant expansion of the Asia Technology Center.
The 1200-square-meter advanced gas laboratory is equipped with
state-of-the-art R&D capabilities for a wide range of high-growth markets
including those stipulated in China's 12^th Five-year Plan. They include
metals processing and fabrication, electronics packaging and assembly, and
industrial cryogenics.

The laboratory also features a newly-added welding center to accelerate the
development of welding technologies and applications for the sustainable
development of China's strategic metal fabrication market. The market is the
biggest in the world, driven by the rapid development of the machinery,
aerospace, mining equipment, petrochemical and automotive industries. The
welding center also serves as a platform for live demonstrations by Air
Products' fabrication applications specialists.

"We are excited to unveil this advanced gas applications laboratory in China
as part of the company's long-term commitment to drive growth in energy,
environmental and emerging markets through innovation and technology
development," said Jeffrey Kramer, vice president and chief technology officer
of Air Products. "Innovation has been a cornerstone of Air Products for over
70 years. It gives us the ability to continue finding new ways to help make
our world more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. Our expanded gas
capabilities will better position us to meet customers' unique needs in China
and Asia with speed, cost efficiency and product quality."

The Asia Technology Center was founded in 2005 with an initial focus on the
company's performance materials business, and was previously expanded to
support its industrial gases businesses as well. The company has recently
completed another phase of expansion to extend existing capabilities for gas
applications and add a new welding center. The technology center is currently
the second-largest R&D facility for the company in the world.

As an industrial gases technology leader, Air Products has been playing a key
role in leading the R&D development of China's industrial gases industry in
various ways, such as R&D partnerships, scholarships, and recruitment programs
with leading universities and institutes. It has launched joint research
programs with Tianjin University, Zhejiang University, China University of
Geosciences, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Jilin University,
the University of Science and Technology Beijing, and South China University
of Technology focusing on the development of various upfront technologies.
Recently, the company announced its scholarship program with Xi'an Jiaotong
University to award outstanding and innovative students in the School of
Energy and Power Engineering, and the School of Materials Science and

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 of approaching $10 billion. 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, 2012.

SOURCE Air Products

Contact: Media, (Asia) Jessica Cheng, (852) 2863-0585,, (U.S.) Robert Brown, +1-610-481-1192,, or Investor, Simon Moore, +1-610-481-7461,
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