Air Products (NYSE: APD), a leading global industrial gases and performance materials supplier, has recently received the “China Best Employer Award 2011” top 100 nominaton recognizing its contribution to talent recruitment and development in China. Air Products was one of six companies from the chemical industry receiving this recognition.

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The award was jointly organized by Peking University corporate social responsibility and employer brand communication center, China Education Television “ZHILAIZHIWANG”, and “ZHAOPIN.COM”. Over 1,100 companies participated this year, and the top 100 nominations were presented to those companies who are in fast-growing industries and have strong positions in first, second and third tier cities in China.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Thea Seveland, China talent management manager at Air Products. “Building long-lasting relationships with our customers, employees and suppliers is a core value at Air Products. This award is a great recognition of our talent recruitment and development efforts. We will continue to grow with and develop our employees in China.”

Air Products has been serving the China market for nearly 25 years and was one of the first multinational industrial gas corporations to invest in the country. The company has established a strong market position with more than 40 operating entities and 50 production facilities in Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern China serving a diversity of markets and is expanding into new regions. It has also established a number of regional capabilities in China including engineering capabilities, a cryogenic equipment manufacturing center, a technology center and a strategic sourcing center. The company has tripled its workforce to over 2,400 employees from 2003 to support its high-growth needs.

“Talent is critical to the success of our business at Air Products,” said Lucy Lv, China HR director at Air Products. “We are delighted with this award as it is testimony to the success of our talent retention and development programs. We will continually strive to provide our employees with a cohesive work environment integrated with learning and growth opportunities.”

In addition to implementing its strategic talent planning, development and management in China, Air Products has been actively partnering with China’s leading universities to cultivate talents while driving development of advanced technologies for its growth and to support the energy efficiency and environmental improvement targets under China’s 12th Five Year Plan. It has established scholarship programs with various leading universities in China, including Shanghai Jiaotong University, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Nanjing University, Zheiiang University, Tianjin University, East China University of Science & Technology, the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and South China University of Technology.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. More than 18,000 employees in over 40 countries supply innovative solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2011, Air Products had sales of approximately $10 billion. For more information, visit  

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, 2011.

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