Air Products has been selected for CPM Media’s InformationWeek 500, which is a prestigious listing of the most innovative users of information technology in the United States.

Jumping to 17th overall, Air Products now occupies its highest ranking in its sixteen-year run on the list. Among chemical companies in the InformationWeek 500, Air Products ranked first of the 15 that were listed this year.

Air Products' 2005 submission highlighted its growing role in continuous improvement within its global IT organisation that allows it to remove waste from several key processes. The result is its ability to dedicate more resources to value-adding innovation through IT solutions, while at the same time reducing costs.

Glenn Beck, vice president of Global Information Technology, said: \\$quot;We are very proud to have once again made the InformationWeek 500 and to have significantly advanced in the rankings. The continued dedication of the Global IT team to manage IT more like an internal business and work closely with our business partners is a key component to our success.”

The InformationWeek 500 has tracked organisations' IT agendas for 17 years, providing a unique opportunity to understand and examine their business practices across core areas of technology operations.

The top three companies named on the list were Capital One, Eastman Kodak Co. and SC Johnson & Sons.

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