1940

Leonard Parker Pool founded his company to meet the needs of the mid-level oxygen consumer. Although his idea to combine existing technology with a novel marketing concept was ingenious, immediate orders were not forthcoming. Frustrated but undaunted, Pool seized opportunity and instead, sold oxygen generators to support military efforts during World War II.

Leonard Parker Pool founded Air Products in 1940.

Leonard Parker Pool 1940-ben, a michigani Detroitban alapítja az Air Products-ot egy egyszerű, de forradalmi ötleten: az ipari gázok előállításának és értékesítésének „helyszíni” koncepcióján.

Grede foundries, Milwaukee, WI plant, 1947. An R-750 generator

Air Products leases its first oxygen gas generator to a small Detroit steel company in 1941. Pictured: Grede foundries plant, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. An R-750 generator, typical of generators sold and leased in the 1940s and 1950s.

First and Second Aircraft Repair Units

A második világháború eltereli a vállalat figyelmét a mobil generátorok tervezésére és gyártására, hogy oxigént termeljenek a katonaság számára magas magasságú repülések során. A képen: 1. és 2. repülőgépjavító egységek; két olyan legénység közül, akiket az Air Products képzett a mobil oxigénfejlesztőinek üzemeltetésére és karbantartására.

Oxygen generators under construction at Chattanooga, TN 1954

In 1944, Air Products moves to Chattanooga, Tennessee and produces 240 oxygen generators for the armed forces and for "lend-lease" to foreign allies. Pictured: Mobile and stationary oxygen generators under construction in Chattanooga.

Emmaus, Pennsylvania, Plant 1

After the war, the company refocuses its sights on commercial markets by setting up operations near Allentown in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. Pictured: Emmaus, Pennsylvania, Plant 1.

Line Drawing of Weirton tonnage plant, 1951

In 1945, Air Products secures a contract with Weirton Steel Company in West Virginia to lease three generators that produce six tons per day of oxygen. Pictured: Line drawing of Weirton tonnage plant.

1950

In the post-war years, abundant oxygen was transforming the gas industry. Company founder Leonard Parker Pool was determined to compete in this "tonnage" gas market, and his plan proved as inventive as his on-site concept. Liquid hydrogen, a substance considered a laboratory curiosity, became an in-demand product in the later years of the decade, offering the company a new opportunity.

4, 75 ton-per-day plants at Santa Susana, CA, 1957

Amerika feltörekvő rakéta- és űrprogramjának támogatására az Air Products olyan üzemeket épít, amelyek képesek tonnányos mennyiségű folyékony oxigén és nitrogén előállítására. A képen: A Santa Susana üzem, napi négy 75 tonnás oxigéngenerátorral. Leonard Pool munkatársainak elmondása szerint "ez volt a legnagyobb egyetlen szerződés a [társaság] történetében".

Air Force liquid hydrogen tonnage plants at West Palm Beach, FL,

With the launch of Sputnik in 1957, Air Products wins the competition to make a new rocket propellant – liquid hydrogen – for the Air Force and later NASA at the legendary "three bears" plants. Pictured: Aerial view of the Air Force tonnage liquid hydrogen facility at West Palm Beach, Florida. Papa Bear is in the foreground, while Mama Bear and storage tanks are visible in the distance.

Spencer Chemical 200-ton-per-day oxygen-nitrogen plant, Vicksburg, MS, January, 1953

Bevezetésre kerül a "piggy-backing" néven ismert marketingkoncepció - extra gáz cseppfolyósítási kapacitás kiépítése a helyszíni üzemekben. A képen: Spencer Chemical napi 200 tonna oxigén-nitrogén üzem, Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA

Members of the board of directors

In 1957, Air Products enters the international market for industrial gases through Air Products (Great Britain), Ltd., a joint venture with the Butterley Company. Pictured: Members of the board of directors leaving Coombe House, New Maiden, head office of APL in the U.K.

1960

A vállalat számos ajánlata, beleértve az oxigént és a hidrogént, építőelemek. Az Air Products kihasználta a folyamat közbenső vegyi anyagainak széles skáláját. Másutt a mérnöki tehetség új lehetőséget teremtett a héliumban, ami világszintű gyártási és ellátási vezető pozícióhoz vezetett.

Pool with successor Ed Donley

In 1960, company founder Leonard Parker Pool is featured on the cover of Business Week. Pictured: Pool with successor Ed Donley.

Calvert City

In 1961, Air Products begins manufacturing chemicals through a joint venture to convert refinery by-products into oxo-alcohols for use in producing plasticizers. Pictured: Air Products' Calvert City, Kentucky plant, where a wide range of industrial and specialty chemicals, including water-based emulsion polymers and surfactants, are produced.

The Houdry Laboratory in Linwood, PA

In 1962, the company acquires the Houdry Process Company and its subsidiary, the Catalytic Construction Company. Pictured: The Houdry Laboratory in Linwood, Pennsylvania.

New York Stock Exchange

Air Products stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange for the first time in 1962 as its sales pass $100 million.

Kempton Park, South Africa

A 60-as évek közepén a vállalat kiterjeszti globális jelenlétét leányvállalataival Belgiumban, Nyugat-Németországban és Dél-Afrikában. A képen: Kempton Park, Dél-Afrika.

Pensacola

A vállalat vegyipari pozíciója kibővül az Escambia Chemical Corporation amerikai vállalat 1969-es felvásárlásával a floridai Pensacolában. A képen: Pensacola, Florida.

Liberal, Kansas

Az Air Products kifejleszt egy folyamatot a hélium földgázból történő kinyerésére, valamint a földgáz hőcserélő segítségével történő cseppfolyósítására szolgáló eljárást. A képen: Liberal, Kansas.

1970

Although the company's earliest success was based on oxygen supply, its nitrogen applications increased in importance. The company also further invested in chemicals, making its entry into the electronics industry.  By 1978, Air Products had become a Fortune 500 company on the strength of $1 billion in sales.

Flexbond

The business further expands in the '70s with the acquisition of the chemicals and plastics business of Airco, Inc. Over the next 40 years, the polymer emulsions business becomes the U.S. market leader, generating nearly $1 billion in revenues. Pictured: Airco product literature.

Cryo-Quick unit freezing McDonald's hamburger patties, 1973

A korai Cryo-Quick élelmiszer-fagyasztó egységek forradalmasították az amerikai éttermi ipart, lehetővé téve a központosított élelmiszer-feldolgozást az egységesség biztosítása érdekében. A képen: Hamburger pogácsák fagyasztása a McDonald's-hoz.

Space shuttle launch

Air Products is awarded a 12-year $287 million contract from NASA to supply liquid hydrogen to the United States' new space shuttle program.

Fortune 500

The company makes the Fortune 500 listing on the strength of $1 billion in sales.

1980

Az évtized során a vállalat stratégiai részvénypozícióival tovább növelte globális pozícióját, és megerősítette vegyi és elektronikai üzletágát. Ugyancsak belépett a környezeti és energiapiaci diverzifikáció második szakaszába, elsősorban a kapcsolt energiatermelés, a szemét-gőz és a füstgáz kéntelenítés feltörekvő, magas hőmérsékletű technológiájára összpontosítva, valamint vezető finomítói hidrogénellátási pozíciót építve.

San Fu Taiwan

Air Products undertakes a strategic global expansion by taking minority positions in industrial gas companies in Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Taiwan, and Mexico. Pictured: Air Products San Fu in Taipei, Taiwan.

Japan

Az Air Products jelentősen kibővíti a vállalat új epoxi-kikeményítő szerek üzletágát, és gyártási lábot szerez Európában. A képen: Epoxigyártó üzem Iseharában, Japánban.

Stearns-Roger Corporation

Air Products acquires Stearns-Roger Corporation, a U.S. leading engineering and construction services company based in Denver, Colorado. Pictured: Stearns-Roger Corporation.

Stockton

In the mid-80s, the company forms an environmental and energy systems business to focus on power generation, air pollution control, and energy recovery from solid waste. Pictured: Stockton, California, U.S. cogeneration facility.

Megasys Technician

A piacon elsőként kínált MEGASYS® Total Gas Management Services olyan ügyfelek számára lett kifejlesztve, akik nemcsak ömlesztett és speciális gázra vágynak. A MEGASYS® szolgáltatások mélyebb megismerést nyújtanak ügyfeleink folyamatairól és a technológiai ütemtervről. A képen: Az Air Products munkatársa egy MEGASYS® telephelyünk egyik gázszekrényét figyeli.

Schumacher

The company acquires the J.C. Schumacher Company, a supplier of high-purity chemicals for semiconductors, giving it a stronger foothold in electronic materials.

Hydrogen production facility in Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.

Spurred by new clean air regulations, increased use of high-sulfur crude oils, and larger demands for transportation fuels, the company forms a joint venture with KTI (now Technip) to build hydrogen processing equipment for oil refiners and becomes the leading global supplier of refinery hydrogen. Pictured: Our hydrogen production facility in Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.

1990

A globális terjeszkedés folytatódott, csakúgy, mint a vállalat elkötelezettsége az elektronikai ipar iránt. Az amerikai kormánnyal folytatott korábbi fejlesztési munka osztalékot fizetett, világméretű vezető pozícióba téve a vállalat elektronikai üzletágát.

Carburos plant, Tres Cantos (Madrid).

In the 1990s, Air Products acquires a 49 percent interest in Sapio in Italy, and completes the acquisition of Carburos Metálicos in Spain and Korea Industrial Gas. Pictured: Carburos plant, Tres Cantos (Madrid).

Hsinchu-Taiwan

Ázsiában a vállalat japán Daido Hoxan és Showa Denko vállalatokkal alapít közös vállalkozásokat a növekvő elektronikai ipar kiszolgálása érdekében.

Air Products Asia Employees

Air Products establishes a new company in Singapore, forms a joint venture in Indonesia, and opens new facilities at Tsukuba, Japan, to supply products to the Asia semiconductor market.

Hometown

A nitrogén-trifluorid - az eredetileg az 1960-as években lézerfegyverekhez kifejlesztett anyag - a félvezetőipar kiemelkedő kamratisztító anyagává válik. Az Air Products világszerte vezető szerepet tölt be ezen anyagok gyártásában. A képen: Nitrogén-trifluorid-gyártó üzemünk Hometownban, Pennsylvania, USA

Membrane fibers manufactured at our Permea facility

A vállalat felvásárolja a Permea, Inc.-t, amely a membrán- és adszorpciós gázelválasztó rendszerek vezető szállítója. A képen: A membránszálakat a misseai St. Louis-i Permea-létesítményben gyártjuk nem kriogén gázellátó rendszereink számára.

2000

A vállalat további előrelépéseket tett a világ vezető integrált ipari gázipari vállalatává válás felé, és a meglévő képességek és szakértelem felhasználásával, valamint számos játékmódosító technológia bevezetésével folytatja a többi üzleti szegmens növekedését.

LNG Heat Exchanger

A vállalat megerősíti világméretű vezető szerepét a földgáz cseppfolyósítási folyamat technológiájában azáltal, hogy bevezet egy szűk keresztmetszetet, amely akár 60 százalékos kapacitásnövelést is lehetővé tesz a termelésben anélkül, hogy feláldozná a meglévő hatékonyságot. A képen: Fő kriogén hőcserélő, amely része az Air Products AP-X® cseppfolyósítási folyamat technológiájának.

BIP cylinder with lab equipment

A series of game-changing gas cylinder innovations are introduced to the global marketplace.

Katrina

Air Products’ industrial gas complex in New Orleans, La., is inundated with more than eight feet of water after Hurricane Katrina makes landfall. After ensuring its employees' safety, the company begins draining the facility and working to restore operations. It achieves the milestone of “substantial operations” in just over two months to help relieve a constrained liquid hydrogen market.

Tomah

Air Products builds on its surface science expertise by acquiring Tomah³  Products for industrial and institutional cleaning.

Air Products Employees

Air Products becomes the leading industrial gas supplier in central Europe by acquiring the industrial gas business of BOC Gazy.

Hydrogen Fueling Station

In 2008, Air Products commissions its new hydrogen fueling station at the company’s global headquarters in Allentown, Pa. Part of the Hydrogen Education Initiative, funded largely by the Federal Transit Administration, the station enables hydrogen-powered transportation vehicles to get out into the community to help educate the public about hydrogen and its capabilities. 

2010

Az Air Products munkatársai mély megértésüket és alkalmazási tapasztalatukat elhozzák az ipar és a piac számára, amelyet az egész világon kiszolgálnak. A perspektíva és a szélesség ezen kombinációja lehetővé teszi számukra, hogy megoldásokat alkalmazzanak a világ legsürgetőbb energetikai, környezeti és feltörekvő piaci igényeire. Ez az "Air Products különbség" az, amely az elkövetkező évtizedekben is jövedelmező növekedést és fenntarthatóságot fog ösztönözni az Air Products és ügyfelei számára.

Lu'An ASU

In China, Air Products lands its two largest ASU orders ever, the first with Shaanxi Future Energy Chemical Co., Ltd., (12,000 TPD of oxygen)  and the second with Shanxi Lu’An Mining (Group) Co., Ltd., (10,000 TPD of oxygen). The ASUs are driven by large-scale coal gasification and petroleum projects throughout China. Pictured: ASU pad for Lu’an coal gasification project in Shanxi Province, China.

Dupont Nano

Az Air Products megszerzi a DuPont érdekeltségét a DuPont Air Products NanoMaterials LLC-ben, a két vállalat 50-50 közös vállalkozásában, amely a globális félvezető- és ostyafényes iparágakat szolgálja.

 Indura is the largest independent industrial gas company in Latin America.

In 2012, Air Products acquires a controlling stake in INDURA, the largest independent industrial gas company in South America at the time. The acquisition brings new sales and gives the company a significant presence in a fourth region of the world.

EPCO

Az Air Products 2013-ban felvásárolja az EPCO Carbon Dioxide Products, Inc.-t, és az EPCO 12 CO₂-tisztító és cseppfolyósító üzeme révén folyékony szén-dioxidot ad hozzá észak-amerikai kínálatához. 

Seifi Ghasemi

In 2014, Air Products Board of Directors approves appointment of new Chairman, President and CEO Seifi Ghasemi , who develops a strategic Five-Point Plan to guide the company's future success. 

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Jazan

In 2015, Air Products is awarded a contract by Saudi Aramco under a joint venture of Air Products and ACWA Holding to build, own and operate the world's largest industrial gas complex to supply Saudi Aramco refinery being built in Jazan, Saudi Arabia. 

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Versum logo

Executing on its strategic Five-Point Plan, Air Products completes the separation of its Electronics Materials Division through the spin-off of Versum Materials, Inc. in 2016

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Paint cans

Again executing on its strategic Five-Point Plan, Air Products becomes a pure-play industrial gases company in 2017 with the sale of its Performance Materials Division to German specialty chemicals producer Evonik Industries AG.

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Five Point Plan

CEO Seifi Ghasemi implements the next phase of the company's strategic Five-Point Plan for success. Elevating diversity and inclusion into the company's goal, the evolved Plan continues to serve as Air Products' roadmap for driving safety, inclusion, profitability and sustainability into future growth.

Pune office

Air Products establishes a state-of-the-art technology center at Dhahran Techno Valley Science Park in Saudi Arabia; an advanced research and development center at Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Shanghai, China; and a world-class engineering center at Pune in Maharashtra, India. Pictured: Engineering center in Pune.  

Kochi

As part of its sale-of-gas business model, Air Products builds, owns and operates a world-scale industrial gas complex in Kochi, India, for Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL). The new facility, which houses a technologically advanced HyCO plant,  enables BPCL to dramatically increase refining capacity for producing cleaner fuels. Also in India, Air Products' joint venture, INOX Air Products Pvt Ltd., celebrates 20 successful years of doing business in the fast-growing region.  Pictured: Air Products' industrial gas complex supplies hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and steam to the BPCL Kochi Refinery.

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Luan gasifiers

With world energy demands, the environment, and emerging markets always on its radar, Air Products begins engineering, building, owning and operating the world's largest industrial gas projects. Through gasification, the company supplies syngas that enables customers and countries to convert plentiful, lower value materials into higher value products. Pictured: Air Products' gasification project supplies syngas and other industrial gases to Lu'an Clean Energy in Shanxi, China.

Artist Rendering Air Products Corporate Headquarters

Air Products announces plans to build its new global headquarters just over one mile from its existing location in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. With occupancy targeted by Summer 2021, the new facility’s design will reflect a world-class, sustainable industrial gas company. Pictured: Conceptual rendering of Air Products' new global headquarters. 

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2020

Guided by the company’s strategic Five-Point Plan and due to the hard work and commitment of its employees, Air Products achieves its goal to become the safest and most profitable industrial gas company in the world. With a keen focus on innovating solutions to the world’s most pressing energy and environmental challenges, the company plays a leading role gasification, carbon capture technologies and hydrogen for mobility. By developing, executing, owning and operating megaprojects in these areas, Air Products helps drive significant sustainability benefits for the world while supporting the continued growth and success of the company well into the future.

COVID 19 -  We Stand Together

Air Products demonstrates its culture and character as the company stands in solidarity in the world's collective fight against COVID-19. Designated by governments around the world as a "critical industry," Air Products responds to the crisis by continuing to run its facilities safely, delivering critical products to customers, and winning new projects, all while keeping health and safety its top priority. 

Indonesia Map

Air Products signs a long-term on-site contract for a world-scale coal-to-methanol production facility in Indonesia. Expected to be onstream in 2024, the project will support the national security and energy independence policies of the government of Indonesia, enabling nearly two million tons per year (TPY) of methanol to be produced from nearly six million TPY of coal.. 

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Seifi Ghasemi

Due to his strong leadership and success in delivering on commitments, the Board of Directors extends Seifi Ghasemi's term as Chairman, President and CEO through September 30, 2025.  

Dr. Samir Serhan

Dr. Samir Serhan, who played a key role in winning and executing the largest and most complex projects in the company's history, is appointed Chief Operating Officer.

Zero-emission Bus

Air Products, ACWA Power and NEOM sign an agreement for a world-scale carbon-free hydrogen-based ammonia production facility powered by renewable energy. Sited in NEOM, a new model for sustainable living located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the project will supply 650 tons per day of carbon-free hydrogen for transportation globally and save the world three million tons per year of CO₂. 

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LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) Heat Exchanger

Company’s world-leading LNG process technology and equipment selected for Mozambique’s first onshore LNG project in South Africa; Qatargas’ massive LNG production expansion project in Ras Laffan, State of Qatar; and Sonatrach’s GL1Z LNG facility in Arzew, Algeria. All equipment, including four of the largest LNG process trains in the world, will be manufactured at Air Products’ world-class facility in Port Manatee, Florida. 

Third by '30 Carbon Emissions Reduction Goal

Aligned with the company's business strategy and higher purpose, Air Products sets a new sustainability goal to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions (CO₂) intensity (kg CO₂/MM BTU) by one-third by the  year 2030 from a 2015 baseline. Key drivers to achieving the goal include carbon capture projects; low-carbon and carbon-free projects; operational excellence; and increased use of renewable energy.

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Diversity Goals

As part of its goal to be the most diverse industrial gas company in the world, Air Products takes a measurable, transparent step to further increase the number of females and minorities in professional and managerial roles. By 2025, the company aims to achieve at least 28 percent female representation in these roles globally, and at least 20 percent minority representation in these roles in the U.S.

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