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Air Products Advances Cryogenic Grinding Capabilities through Licensing Agreement for Fine Grinding System

April 28, 2010
Air Products, a recognized leader in cryogenic grinding, has expanded its portfolio of size reduction offerings with the addition of an ultra-fine grinding mill. This patented mill is capable of processing materials at throughputs ranging from just a few kg/hr to over 1000 kg/hr. Licensed from Lehigh Technologies Inc., the ultra-fine grinding mill can produce a high yield of micron-scaled powders with a narrow particle size distribution, while maximizing production rates and minimizing overall operational costs. Air Products will introduce the ultra-fine grinding mill to select markets.

The addition of this mill, together with ongoing technology and R&D efforts, continue to advance Air Products’ expertise in applying cryogenics to grinding applications. Through this expertise, and the company’s work with leading mill manufacturers developing differentiated technologies, Air Products is able to provide customers with the best overall solution for their size reduction needs.

“Air Products is pleased to strengthen our position in offering cryogenic grinding solutions to any market where size reduction is required,” said Georges Decrop, global marketing director for Air Products. “Our 40 years of experience in applying cryogenics to grinding technologies, combined with our capability to test grind product samples at our commercial-scale laboratory, enables Air Products to recommend the most cost-effective size reduction processes to meet our customers’ needs.” 

Lehigh Technologies was recently recognized as a 2010 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum for this proprietary cryogenic grinding technology, which enables higher-value uses for end-of-life tires in a wide range of applications, such as tire manufacturing, plastics composites, building and construction, and asphalt.

“Lehigh is happy to team up with Air Products, a global technology leader that shares our drive for developing innovative and sustainable solutions,” said Alan Barton, CEO of Lehigh Technologies. “We look forward to working with Air Products as they build a world-class manufacturing and supply chain capability that enables our unique, high performance technology to be used by customers around the globe.” 

For more information, visit www.airproducts.com/Products/Equipment/cryogenics/chemicals/grinding.htm.