Air Products will implement nationwide pricing actions for helium, argon and bulk hydrogen, and regional energy charges for oxygen and nitrogen where appropriate.

The company said: \\$quot;The pricing actions are needed to cover escalating distribution and production costs to maintain Air Products' high standards of customer service and supply.

\\$quot;The regional charges for oxygen and nitrogen are needed to recover power rate increases in the affected areas.\\$quot;

The implementations are effective as from 1 May.