ZIFFPAGE TITLEAir Products Base CaseBy Mel Duvall | Posted 2005-11-08 Email Print
Midway through a $350 million plan to improve forecasts and lower inventories, Air Products found it needed morean additional system to improve forecasts and lower inventories.
Air Products Base Case
Headquarters: 7201 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, PA 18195
Phone: (610) 481-4911
Business: Supplier of industrial gases, chemicals and related equipment.
Chief Executive: John Jones
Financials in 2004: $7.4 billion in sales; $604 million in profits.
Challenge: Increase return on company's investment in plants and equipment by better aligning customer demand with production capabilities.
- Increase the operating return on net assets to 13% by 2007, from 9.5% in 2004.
- Achieve an additional $150 million in operating income by 2007, a 17% increase over 2004.
- Increase productivity and add 15 to 20 cents per share in earnings in 2005, an increase of 7% from 2004.
- Focus 75% of R&D spending, or about $95 million, on key growth areas: hydrogen production, and specialty materials and gases for the electronics industry, up from 66% in 2003.