Air Products Provides Oxy-fuel Solution to Multiple Leading Recycled Copper Manufacturers in China

 Air Products Provides Oxy-fuel Solution to Multiple Leading Recycled Copper
                            Manufacturers in China

PR Newswire

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Feb. 18, 2014

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Products (NYSE: APD) has
recently signed contracts with more than 20 recycled copper manufacturers in
China to provide its oxy-fuel solution, and about half of them are already
onstream and running. The solution helps to improve productivity and material
qualities compared to conventional air-fuel technologies, as well as decrease
harmful emissions and reduce energy consumption and fuel cost throughout the
operation.

Air Products' oxy-fuel solution for recycled copper includes the supply of
oxygen, a patented oxy-fuel burner, and fully integrated control equipment. In
addition, the company provides computational simulations with advanced
visualization techniques, as well as services such as commissioning, process
optimization, maintenance, safety training, engineering support, and in-depth
knowledge and expertise in copper smelting.

"We are pleased to see a number of China's leading copper companies adopt our
advanced solutions," said CQ Lin, Asia industry manager, Primary Metals &
Minerals at Air Products. "Air Products focuses on energy, environmental and
emerging markets to help our customers become more productive,
energy-efficient and sustainable. Our oxy-fuel technology and expertise in
recycled copper processes, plus a broad array of gas supply options, help our
customers implement tailored solutions to meet their specific needs."

Dashan Copper, a leading scrap copper recycling company in Tianjin, Northern
China, is the first to use Air Products' oxy-fuel solution in China. The
adoption has resulted in about two-thirds savings in fuel consumption, reduced
emissions and enhanced operational flexibilities.

Jinlong Group, a leader in scrap metal recycling in Hunan Province, Southern
China, has seen a significant decrease in fuel consumption as well as a
reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions after using Air Products' oxy-fuel
solution.

Air Products has delivered combustion equipment, technology and solutions to
the non-ferrous industry for over 50 years. The company has pioneered the
application of industrial gas-based technologies on both rotary and
reverbatory furnaces for copper smelting and is constantly seeking to develop
and improve the range. As one of the first multinational gas corporations to
enter the China market, Air Products has been serving the country's various
strategic markets for over 25 years. The company will continue to work with
China's copper manufacturers to drive the sustainable growth of the industry.

Sustainability has become a major theme for China's economic and social
development, and the recycling economy is playing an increasingly important
role as advocated by the Chinese government. The recycling and re-use of
non-ferrous metals, particularly for copper, isseen asa green and
high-growth industry to improve productivity and efficiency while reducing
waste and emissions. According to China's Five Year Plan for Non-ferrous
metals industry, recycled copper will represent 40 percent of copper
production by 2015. However, recycled copper manufacturers are facing
increasing challenges of rising raw material costs and stringent environmental
regulations while they try to stay competitive and achieve sustainable growth.

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. Recognized as one of the world's most innovative companies by
both Thomson Reuters and Forbes magazine, more than 20,000 employees in over
50 countries supply effective 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 2013, Air Products had sales of $10.2 billion. For more
information, visit www.airproducts.com. 

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September 30, 2013.

SOURCE Air Products

Website: http://www.airproducts.com
Contact: Media Inquiries: (Asia) Jessica Cheng, (852) 2863-0585,
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