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News ReleaseThink Sustainability, the Environment and Waste: Air Products Inspires Thousands of Young People through Partnership with UK’s Largest Enterprise Programme

15/01/2020 Hersham, UK

Air Products (NYSE: APD), a world leading industrial gas company, has partnered with The National Enterprise Challenge to deliver the ‘Air Products STEM Challenge’.  The UK-wide programme aims to get students thinking about sustainability, the environment and waste.

The Air Products programme forms part of the broader National Enterprise Challenge, which is the UK’s largest schools Enterprise programme with over 250,000 students taking part since inception.  Set up by cousins Ben and Michael Dyer, the challenge sees students from all schools and abilities compete in real-life business challenges.  It takes place across a day, with the winners going on to represent the school at a National Finals event. 

The challenge will be delivered to over 50,000 students from approximately 250 schools during the academic year.  Not only that but over 1500 people are expected to attend the finals next summer.  

Lynn Willacy, Community and STEM Ambassador at Air Products, said: “The Air Products STEM Challenge is a great opportunity to inspire students to be our scientists and engineers of the future. I am really excited to see what innovative ideas the students come up with.” 
                                                                            
Challenge Co-Founder Ben Dyer said: “We are delighted to be working with Air Products on this year’s Key Stage 3 Challenge which, for the first time, will have a big Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) focus. With issues surrounding the environment never far from the news, we feel the challenge will be something the students will really enjoy.”

The Air Products STEM challenge will focus on students finding alternative uses for the industrial gas cylinders and tanks once they become obsolete. The students will need to make a business case for their idea and think about all elements of the product including the design and how to market it. 

EDITOR’S NOTES: 

About Air Products 
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a world-leading industrial gases company in operation for nearly 80 years. Focused on serving energy, environment and emerging markets, the Company provides essential industrial gases, related equipment and applications expertise to customers in dozens of industries, including refining, chemical, metals, electronics, manufacturing, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the global leader in the supply of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The Company develops, engineers, builds, owns and operates some of the world's largest industrial gas projects, including gasification projects that sustainably convert abundant natural resources into syngas for the production of high-value power, fuels and chemicals.

The Company had fiscal 2019 sales of $8.9 billion from operations in 50 countries and has a current market capitalization of about $50 billion. More than 17,000 passionate, talented and committed employees from diverse backgrounds are driven by Air Products’ higher purpose to create innovative solutions that benefit the environment, enhance sustainability and address the challenges facing customers, communities, and the world. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.

NOTE: 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.

About the Challenge

  • The National Enterprise Challenge is a trading name of The Inspirational Learning Group Limited 
  • The challenge has been running since 2013 
  • Former Dragons Den Star and founder of MoonPig, Nick Jenkins, is the main ambassador of the challenge for the 2019/20 academic year 
  • For more information about The National Enterprise Challenge please contact dan.mears@nationalenterprisechallenge.co.uk 

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