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April 27th, 2007

Why Bad Things Happen

Air Products & Chemicals Inc. has created a series of teams for managing the intellectual assets of each of its businesses, a system that helps ensure that the company's new business model stays flexible.

The company has shifted from a purely independent business model to one where it also commercializes new technologies in partnership with other companies. One example of this is the company's approach to nanotechnology. Air Products has developed some new ways to manipulate nano-scale particles for use in various materials, including those used in coatings, adhesives, inks and semiconductors. Among its partners in commercializing these products are DuPont Co. and Nanogate AG. Air Products also licenses some of its technologies to other companies.


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