|Exchange:||New York Stock Exchange|
|Stock:||Air Products & Chemicals Inc|
|Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. is a Delaware corporation originally founded in 1940. The Company is a supplier of hydrogen and helium. It also provides semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. It serves technology, energy, industrial, and healthcare customers globally with a unique portfolio of products, services, and solutions that include atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment, and services. It manages its operations, assesses performance, and reports earnings under four business segments: Merchant Gases; Tonnage Gases; Electronics and Performance Materials; and Equipment and Energy. Merchant Gases sells atmospheric gases such as oxygen, nitrogen, and argon (primarily recovered by the cryogenic distillation of air); process gases such as hydrogen and helium (purchased or refined from crude helium); and medical and specialty gases, along with certain services and equipment, throughout the world to customers in many industries, including those in metals, glass, chemical processing, food processing, healthcare, steel, general manufacturing, and petroleum and natural gas industries. Merchant Gases includes the following types of products: Liquid bulk, Packaged gases, Small on-site plants, and Healthcare products. Tonnage Gases provides hydrogen, carbon monoxide, nitrogen, oxygen, and syngas principally to the energy production and refining, chemical, and metallurgical industries worldwide. Electronics and Performance Materials segment provides the electronics industry with specialty gases (such as nitrogen trifluoride, silane, arsine, phosphine, white ammonia, silicon tetrafluoride, carbon tetrafluoride, hexafluoromethane, critical etch gases, and tungsten hexafluoride) as well as tonnage gases (primarily nitrogen), specialty chemicals, services, and equipment for the manufacture of silicon and compound semiconductors, thin film transistor liquid crystal displays, and photovoltaic devices. Equipment and Energy designs and manufactures cryogenic and gas processing equipment for air separation (utilizing membrane technology and adsorption technology), hydrocarbon recovery and purification, natural gas liquefaction (LNG), and helium distribution (cryogenic transportation containers), and serves energy markets in a variety of ways. The Company faces strong competition from several large, global competitors and many smaller regional ones in all of its business segments. The Company is subject to various environmental laws and regulations in the countries in which it has operations.|
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