Air Products Completes Expansion of Three Packaged Gases Plants in China to Boost Support for Strategic Metal Fabrication

 Air Products Completes Expansion of Three Packaged Gases Plants in China to
             Boost Support for Strategic Metal Fabrication Market

PR Newswire

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., June 17, 2013

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Products (NYSE: APD)
today announced it has expanded the capabilities of three packaged gases
plants to primarily serve the increasing needs of the country's high-growth
metal fabrication industries.

The $10 million expansion was recently completed when three new
state-of-the-art gas transfills were brought onstream. The three plants,
located in Kunshan, Guangzhou and Tianjin, China, are now capable of supplying
Air Products' differentiated Linx® gas regulators and range of shielding gases
and other industrial gases. These products support welding, cutting and other
processes for metal fabrication in the country's three most developed economic
zones, Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta and Bohai Gulf, where
traditional industries are experiencing accelerated transformation.

"This investment supports Air Products' commitment to the metal fabrication
business in China," said Kurt Lefevere, general manager of Asia Packaged Gases
at Air Products. "By expanding these strategically located plants, we have
enhanced our supply capabilities and distribution network in some of China's
most important manufacturing bases."

According to Air Products' analysis, the metal fabrication segment has been
the largest market for packaged gases in China since 2008. To stay
competitive, fabricators have become more focused on shielding gases as an
effective solution to cost, productivity, quality, and safety and
environmental requirements. Air Products' Linx shielding gases are used by
leading fabricators worldwide in welding, an important process of metal

Recognized for its high-performance shielding gases and reliable supply, Air
Products has been selected to be the exclusive official gases supplier for the
18th Beijing Essen Welding & Cutting Fair taking place in Shanghai from June
18-21. It marks the fourth consecutive year the company serves this largest
welding fair in Asia. The company will supply around 500 cylinders of gases to
this year's fair from its expanded Kunshan plant neighboring Shanghai. This
plant currently supplies east China with helium, specialty and high-purity
gases, calibration mixtures and the newly-added Linx range to diverse markets
including metal fabrication, optical fiber, machinery processing, fine
chemicals and electronics, labs and hospitals.

About Air Products

Air Products has been operating in China since 1987 and was one of the first
multinational industrial gas corporations to invest in the country. With over
40 operating entities and 50 production facilities, the company has already
established a strong market position in China, serving a broad range of
industries including those stipulated in the 12th Five-year Plan. The company
opened a welding lab last year in its advanced gas applications laboratory in

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

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

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