Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD) is a supplier of hydrogen and helium and has built positions in growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, natural gas liquefaction, home healthcare and advanced coatings and adhesives.
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Air Products is best known for its air separation technology producing nitrogen and oxygen and recovering trace components such as argon. Traditionally the company contracts with major customers to build large plants often on site to supply their requirement and then serves other customers out of that site.