Air Products has signed a contract with Alcoa in Russia to supply nitrogen to Alcoa’s aluminum plant in Samara. As part of the agreement, Air Products will install two high-purity nitrogen generators and will take over the existing generator at the site. The new generators will be on-stream in 2009. In Slovakia, Air Products’ new high-purity hydrogen plant in Novaky is now on-stream. It complements the company’s existing facility in Litvinov, Czech Republic, and will support the metals industry.

Air Products is also strengthening its position in the Polish market by building a state-of-the-art cylinder-filling depot in Warsaw. Construction is due to start in 2009 and the depot is scheduled to be operational in 2010. It will use the latest technology to fill over 3,000 cylinders per day at a pressure of 200 bar, which is the standard cylinder pressure used in Poland.