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SURFACE COMBUSTION, AIR PRODUCTS ANNOUNCE JOINT MARKETING STRATEGY

Expanded portfolio and offerings available to North American metals processing customers

Maumee, OH (December 22, 2004)-Surface Combustion, Inc. announces it is entering into a marketing agreement with Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. in which both companies will jointly market a newly-integrated portfolio to the metals processing industry. The agreement leverages each company’s respective leadership position in the industry while diversifying its product offerings.

The complementary mix of offerings includes a variety of industrial gases, services, technology and atmosphere generating equipment. It is a unique, one-stop solution for metals customers aiming to reduce overall production costs while improving product quality.

Surface Combustion is a leading manufacturer of thermal systems equipment used in metals processing and heat treating. Since 1915, the company has installed more than 250,000 thermal systems worldwide, in all areas of the metalworking industry. Air Products has supplied the industrial gases to customers who use this equipment through its PURIFIRE® atmosphere systems for more than 50 years.

“The bottom line is that a joint marketing approach allows both companies to better serve our mutual customers,” explained Lazar, Air Products’ Metals Market Manager. “For Air Products, this means we are now in a unique situation to offer a broad range of solutions and technologies to a broader base of metals customers.”

Many times our customers require a combination of industrial gas and generated atmosphere for their specific metallurgical application or for economic reasons. This relationship allows Surface Combustion to offer the best approach taking these factors into account,” says Daniel E.Goodman, Vice President, at Surface Combustion.

Surface Combustion has the industry’s widest product offering for endothermic and exothermic gas generators. Air Products currently supplies nearly 35% of the worldwide market of industrial gases used in the metals processing industries. Among the products supplied are bulk and gaseous nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, argon and helium. Air Products also provides complementary equipment and technologies to the industry.

Founded in 1940, Air Products serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates.

Media Inquiries: Air Products: Tom Yencho, Tel: (610) 481-1192;
email: yenchot@airproducts.com

Surface Combustion: Daniel E. Goodman, Vice President, Presale Tel: (419) 891-7150;
email: dgoodman@surfacecombustion.com

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