Leading industrial gas company
Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
) will showcase its gas technologies and equipment at the
forthcoming CastExpo 2013 scheduled to be held in St. Louis, Mo.,
from April 6-9. The company's gas technologies and equipment are
geared to help foundry operators improve operational efficiency
and cut costs.
The visitors, at the CastExpo, can interact with Air Products
specialists about its comprehensive range of gases, equipment,
and technology solutions which include oxygen enrichment and
solids injection in cupolas, oxygen-enhanced combustion, molten
metal blanketing, degassing, refining and die cooling. Visitors
can also get an insight on Air Products' state-of-the-art
combustion laboratories, where instrumentation and process
control capabilities allow testing of a customer's application to
its full potential.
Air Products will also feature its complete range of gases
including argon, helium, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen which are
available in a number of delivery options to fit each customer's
needs. The company will highlight its CryoEase microbulk
solutions that provide reliable, uninterrupted supply of oxygen
to small volume users and is an alternative to the conventional
cylinder or dewar supply. For the large volume users, Air
Products offers bulk liquid and gas supply.
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Air Products has a long track record in helping its foundry
customers improve productivity and safety while reducing fuel
costs and emissions. The company's application engineers use
advanced methods for furnace modeling, data collection, and
process monitoring to find solutions to problems and recommend
Air Products, which has annual sales of $9.6 billion, offers
industrial gases as well as a variety of polymer and performance
chemicals and serves technology, energy, industrial and health
care customers globally. The company offers unique combustion
options for a vast range of furnace types and metals which help
optimize the melting and casting processes of iron, steel, and
Air Products benefits from a diverse customer base, sustained
pricing power and cost-reduction measures. New business deals and
strategic investments are expected to support its results in
However, volume in Air Products' core Merchant Gases segment is
expected remain under pressure partly due to the recessionary
conditions in Europe. The electronics business may continue to
see weak demand.
Air Products currently holds a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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