Air Products Investing in Second WF6 Plant to Meet Production Needs Of Contracted Electronics Customers

Move Reinforces Company's Position as World's Leading Electronic

Specialty Gas Supplier



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

    LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Air
 Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:   APD) -- the world's leading producer and
 supplier of electronic specialty gases -- has begun construction of a second
 tungsten hexafluoride (WF6) production plant at its Hometown, Pa.
 manufacturing facility to provide a dual source of product and meet increased
 global demand from its semiconductor manufacturing customers.
     By early 2002, Air Products plans to complete phase one of the new plant,
 bringing on-stream an initial 100,000 pounds-per-year of WF6 capacity to
 supply contracted customers.  Air Products will then have the added
 flexibility to quickly bring on-stream an additional 200,000 pounds-per-year
 of WF6 via phases two and three, as customer and market demand dictate.
     The new plant will complement the company's existing WF6 production plant
 at Hometown which was expanded in the third quarter of 1999 to produce 300,000
 pounds-per-year of product.  The new plant will be an exact duplicate of the
 original, incorporating identical production technology.  It will consist of
 all nickel construction with automated process systems and on-line analytical
 capability, enabling product consistency for metal specifications in the
 parts-per-billion (ppb) and sub-ppb levels.  Air Products will maintain the
 purity of its WF6 by manufacturing, purifying and packaging the gas in non-
 reactive nickel vessels and cylinders, preventing metallic impurities from
 leaching into the product.  The company will also take additional steps to
 further ensure purity of supply by analyzing the gas in its state-of-the-art
 trace metals laboratory, which is also housed at the Hometown facility.
     According to Richard C. Kenner, general manager of Electronic Specialty
 Gases within Air Products' Electronics Division, the investment in a second
 WF6 production plant at Hometown is meant to ensure security of supply for the
 company's contracted customers.  "The semiconductor industry historically has
 used aluminum and tungsten materials as conductors in its devices, and there
 will continue to be strong market growth and demand for WF6.  Even as the
 industry implements copper, primarily in the higher layers of a device,
 aluminum and tungsten will be required for the lower levels," he remarked.
     Aluminum is used in the planar circuitry of a device while tungsten is
 used to construct vias which connect two layers of aluminum that are separated
 by a dielectric layer.
     Air Products is the leading materials supplier to the electronics
 industry, manufacturing, purifying or transfilling greater than 70 percent of
 its electronic specialty gas products.  A critical component of the company's
 comprehensive product and service portfolio, Air Products supplies electronic
 specialty gases for chamber cleaning, etching, doping and ion implant
 applications, interlayer dielectrics and optoelectronics manufacturing.
     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.
 
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    LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Air
 Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:   APD) -- the world's leading producer and
 supplier of electronic specialty gases -- has begun construction of a second
 tungsten hexafluoride (WF6) production plant at its Hometown, Pa.
 manufacturing facility to provide a dual source of product and meet increased
 global demand from its semiconductor manufacturing customers.
     By early 2002, Air Products plans to complete phase one of the new plant,
 bringing on-stream an initial 100,000 pounds-per-year of WF6 capacity to
 supply contracted customers.  Air Products will then have the added
 flexibility to quickly bring on-stream an additional 200,000 pounds-per-year
 of WF6 via phases two and three, as customer and market demand dictate.
     The new plant will complement the company's existing WF6 production plant
 at Hometown which was expanded in the third quarter of 1999 to produce 300,000
 pounds-per-year of product.  The new plant will be an exact duplicate of the
 original, incorporating identical production technology.  It will consist of
 all nickel construction with automated process systems and on-line analytical
 capability, enabling product consistency for metal specifications in the
 parts-per-billion (ppb) and sub-ppb levels.  Air Products will maintain the
 purity of its WF6 by manufacturing, purifying and packaging the gas in non-
 reactive nickel vessels and cylinders, preventing metallic impurities from
 leaching into the product.  The company will also take additional steps to
 further ensure purity of supply by analyzing the gas in its state-of-the-art
 trace metals laboratory, which is also housed at the Hometown facility.
     According to Richard C. Kenner, general manager of Electronic Specialty
 Gases within Air Products' Electronics Division, the investment in a second
 WF6 production plant at Hometown is meant to ensure security of supply for the
 company's contracted customers.  "The semiconductor industry historically has
 used aluminum and tungsten materials as conductors in its devices, and there
 will continue to be strong market growth and demand for WF6.  Even as the
 industry implements copper, primarily in the higher layers of a device,
 aluminum and tungsten will be required for the lower levels," he remarked.
     Aluminum is used in the planar circuitry of a device while tungsten is
 used to construct vias which connect two layers of aluminum that are separated
 by a dielectric layer.
     Air Products is the leading materials supplier to the electronics
 industry, manufacturing, purifying or transfilling greater than 70 percent of
 its electronic specialty gas products.  A critical component of the company's
 comprehensive product and service portfolio, Air Products supplies electronic
 specialty gases for chamber cleaning, etching, doping and ion implant
 applications, interlayer dielectrics and optoelectronics manufacturing.
     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.
 
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