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Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (APD - Analyst Report) announced that it will showcase its fast and flexible industrial nitrogen services for short-term or emergency industrial gas supply needs. The services will be highlighted at the Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management (PPIM) Conference in Houston, Tex., from Feb 12-14.

At the PPIM conference, customers will get to know how Air Products Express Services (APEX) can help save time and money during start-ups, peak demand periods, planned or unplanned maintenance activities, and plant and pipeline turnarounds.

APEX has a dedicated hotline which enables Air Products to make prompt response to uncertain nitrogen requirements by customers. APEX also provides newer supply options and also caters to the specific supply option requirement and accordingly provides the supply chain solution.

Air Products has also launched its latest mobile app to calculate the nitrogen volume and time needed to do away with a pipeline based on given operating parameters. The app is available for free download on Apple or android devices.

Recently, the company also announced that it will showcase advanced proprietary electron attachment (EA) technology for soldering applications at the IPC APEX Expo, scheduled to be held in San Diego, CA from Feb 19-21. The company will demonstrate the advantages of EA activated hydrogen over plasma-based and flux-based processes for cleaning soldering surfaces during electronics assembly and packaging.

Air Products retains a short-term (1 to 3 months) Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

Other companies in the chemical industry worth considering are Arkema S.A. (ARKAY), PetroLogistics LP and BASF SE (BASFY). While Arkema retains a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), BASF and PetroLogistics hold a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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