Following rumours suggesting Air Products is planning to make significant job cuts at one of its manufacturing plants, gas world went straight to the source.

After speaking to Air Products, gasworld can exclusively reveal that the company will indeed be making around 40 employees redundant at its Easton, Pa., production facility.

Robert Brown, Communications Specialist at Air Products said, “After a careful review of current business conditions, Air Products has reached the decision to significantly reduce manufacturing of electronic chemicals at its Easton, Pa., production facility.”

He added, “Air Products will continue to own and operate the facility as a warehouse and for limited manufacturing operations.”

The company acquired the Easton facility in 2003 as part of the acquisition of the electronic chemicals business of Ashland.

The facility produces electronic chemicals, which are used in the manufacture of semiconductor chips for computers, cell phones and other electronic devices.

Production of these electronic chemicals will continue at Easton for approximately three months in order to build sufficient inventory for customers to continue their operations.

Corning Painter, Vice President and General Manager of Global Electronics at Air Products said, “The reduction in manufacturing of the Easton facility is in no way a reflection on the plant or our employees, but the result of the ever changing global electronics industry and the current global recession.”