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Industrial gases giant Air Products and Chemicals (APD - Analyst Report) announced that it will showcase its range of MAXX shielding gases and assist gases at FABTECH 2013 show, scheduled from Nov 18-21 in Chicago.

MAXX range of gases are specially designed to provide high performance levels with better weld quality and faster welding speeds. It provides better metal fabrication results for the welders with fewer rejects when welding carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and high-performance alloys. Assist gases, on the other hand, delivers high-performance laser cutting in a full range of supply systems that can meet specific pressure and flow requirements.

The gases included in the MAXX range of gases are Ferromaxx, Inomaxx and Alumaxx. Ferromaxx gases are used for faster and cleaner welding of carbon steel, whereas Inomaxx provides maximum performance for welding stainless steel. Alumaxx, on the other hand, is a multi-purpose shielding gas specially designed for high-quality welding of aluminum and its alloys.

Air Product’s welding and cutting gases are supplied in both traditional bulks for large gas volume requirements and in micro bulk solutions for smaller gas volume requirements.

Microbulk supply solutions are preferred over cylinder gases due to its cost-effectiveness. Microbulk is supplied on tap with more consistency thus eliminating the need to reorder cylinders or packs along with cylinder handling and changeover. Shielding gas mixtures can be produced on-site.

Air Products, at FABTECH 2013, will be educating the show attendees on how welders and cutters can produce high-quality welds and precision cuts, maximize productivity, increase efficiency, reduce rejects, and improve working environment.

Air Products currently holds a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

Other companies in the chemical industry worth considering are Asahi Kasei Corp. (AHKSY), Methanex Corp. (MEOH - Analyst Report) and du Pont (DD - Analyst Report). While both Asahi Kasei and Methanex carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), DuPont retains a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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