Gerald G. Ermentrout, VP of Air Products Electronics Division, is the recipient of the 2005 Akira Inoue Award for outstanding achievement in environment, health and safety in the semiconductor industry.

The award, presented at the SEMICON Japan exposition, is sponsored by the global industry association SEMI.

Ermentrout is recognised for his contributions to advancing EHS policies and practices at Air Products, which have resulted in operational excellence in health and safety for both customers and employees, as well as the introduction of innovative products and services that provide direct environmental, health or safety benefits.

Stanley Myers, CEO of SEMI, said: “Under Gerald Ermentrout’s leadership, Air Products’ Electronics Division has achieved industry-leading status in environmental, health and safety performance while growing roughly three times in size.

“Through his visionary business model, he has established himself as a capable, responsible steward of the environment, and demonstrated that companies can achieve outstanding financial performance while simultaneously protecting the health and safety of employees, customers and neighbours.”