Air Products and ATMI Reach Settlement

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

    LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Products and Chemicals,
 Inc. (NYSE:   APD) and its Schumacher Electronics Division business unit
 (Carlsbad, California), and ATMI, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATMI) (Danbury, Connecticut)
 announced today that they have reached an out-of-court settlement of lawsuits
 pending between the parties in the Federal District Courts in Austin, Tex. and
 Oakland, Calif.
     The Austin lawsuit related to ATMI patents for automated chemical delivery
 systems and canisters used to deliver high purity specialty materials to
 single or multiple semiconductor manufacturing tools and processes.  The
 Oakland lawsuit related to the use of a chemical, DCE
 (trans-1,2-dichloroethylene), in processes for electronic integrated circuit
 manufacturing and patents on such processes held by Air Products.
     While the terms of the settlement -- which involved both lawsuits -- are
 confidential, the companies confirmed today that the settlement allows each
 party to continue to offer the products and services which were the subject of
 both lawsuits.
     Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (www.airproducts.com) is the world's only
 combined gases and chemicals company.  Founded more than 60 years ago, the
 business has annual revenues of $5.5 billion and operations in 30 countries.
 Air Products is a market leader in the global electronics and chemical
 processing industries, and a longstanding innovator in many industrial
 markets, including coatings, adhesives and polyurethanes.  The company
 distinguishes itself through its 17,500 employees around the world, who build
 lasting relationships with their customers and communities based on
 understanding, integrity and passion.
 
     NOTE:  This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results
 could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.
 
 

SOURCE Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Products and Chemicals,
 Inc. (NYSE:   APD) and its Schumacher Electronics Division business unit
 (Carlsbad, California), and ATMI, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATMI) (Danbury, Connecticut)
 announced today that they have reached an out-of-court settlement of lawsuits
 pending between the parties in the Federal District Courts in Austin, Tex. and
 Oakland, Calif.
     The Austin lawsuit related to ATMI patents for automated chemical delivery
 systems and canisters used to deliver high purity specialty materials to
 single or multiple semiconductor manufacturing tools and processes.  The
 Oakland lawsuit related to the use of a chemical, DCE
 (trans-1,2-dichloroethylene), in processes for electronic integrated circuit
 manufacturing and patents on such processes held by Air Products.
     While the terms of the settlement -- which involved both lawsuits -- are
 confidential, the companies confirmed today that the settlement allows each
 party to continue to offer the products and services which were the subject of
 both lawsuits.
     Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (www.airproducts.com) is the world's only
 combined gases and chemicals company.  Founded more than 60 years ago, the
 business has annual revenues of $5.5 billion and operations in 30 countries.
 Air Products is a market leader in the global electronics and chemical
 processing industries, and a longstanding innovator in many industrial
 markets, including coatings, adhesives and polyurethanes.  The company
 distinguishes itself through its 17,500 employees around the world, who build
 lasting relationships with their customers and communities based on
 understanding, integrity and passion.
 
     NOTE:  This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results
 could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.
 
 SOURCE  Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.