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Air Products Rated as Top 100 Most Attractive Employers by Natural Sciences Students in China for Eighth Consecutive Year

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Air Products (NYSE:APD), a world-leading industrial gas company serving the China market for 33 years, has recently been named one of China’s Top 100 Most Attractive Employers for the eighth year in a row by Generation Z natural sciences students. In the 2020 China Student Survey organized by Universum, a leading global talent company specializing in employer branding, Air Products ranks 51st, up 28 places from 2013.

Over 50,000 students in various fields including natural sciences from 108 top universities across China participated in the 2020 survey from October 2019 to March 2020. The results reveal evolving preferences of young talent on employers and their future career.   

“We feel honored to be selected once again by the students in China as their employer of choice. China is a strategic and growth market for Air Products. Attracting and retaining talent to support our growth strategy and serve emerging, energy and environmental markets have been our priority,” said Babette Raabe, global director, Talent Strategy and Strategic Workforce Planning at Air Products. “We are committed to bringing talented people together to innovate and solve the challenges facing our customers and the world. This is part of our higher purpose, and so is creating a first-class company where people feel they belong and matter, enjoy coming to work and are proud of the contribution our employees collectively make.” 

As a corporate citizen and global company, Air Products helps solve the world’s urgent energy and environmental issues through its industrial gases, sustainable solutions and large projects.   The company’s large-scale gasification, carbon capture, and hydrogen for mobility businesses represent its strategic focuses for today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow. 

In China, Air Products invests in attracting, developing and retaining young talent while nurturing and maintaining its diverse and inclusive workforce. The company has hired several hundred graduates over the last three years to support its mega projects including the Lu’An and Jiutai gasification projects.  

Since 2004, Air Products has been running its Career Development Program (CDP) to recruit top university graduates and develop them into future leaders who will drive innovation and create value for the company and society. Participants develop their skills and interests through a rotation of three different assignments during the first two to three years of employment. The program has successfully developed a number of senior managers and engineers, and operational and R&D experts. This year’s CDP recruitment campaign will kick off in October via online campus talks. 

“We seek high-caliber talent with passion, commitment and creativity to join our growth journey and support China’s transformational changes and upgrade. Through a variety of talent management initiatives, we also help nurture the next generation of talent in the gas industry to build a sustainable future together,” commented Lucy Lv, Asia director, Talent Sourcing, Talent Acquisition and Strategic Partnerships at Air Products.

As one of the first multinational industrial gas corporations to enter the China market, Air Products now has nearly 4,000 employees, over 70 operating entities and more than 170 production facilities across the country, serving a broad range of industries. The company has also established a number of global or regional capabilities in China, including a technology center, engineering capabilities, a strategic sourcing center, a cryogenic equipment design and manufacturing center, a gasification project execution unit and an IT application solution center. 

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This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including risk factors described in the Company’s Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2019.