Last week, I visited Air Products at Hersham Technology Park, to be briefed on latest developments at this innovation engineering firm based in the heart of Elmbridge. Air Products is a massive global company, with revenue of around US$10billion per year. The UK headquarters focuses increasingly on the industrial gases side of its business, which includes helping customers to design, build and run plant and equipment in the sector. Five hundred people are employed in Hersham, where a lot of project management activity takes place. Overall, Air Products has 65,000 customers including giants like BP and Tata steel. Given the engineering profile of the firm, they have a graduate scheme for engineers and are keen, locally, to reach out to local schools to encourage interest in science based subjects.
I was briefed on various aspects of the business by Public Affairs Director Ian Brass, and a team of experts. I also had the chance to go out in the Hyundai ix45 (with Stuart Graham and Tim Hulbert (pictured below), to see for myself how it operates on the world’s first production model hydrogen fuel cell, serviced by Air Products fuelling stations across the region. Air Products have an impressive team in a high-tech growth sector, and it was great to hear how they plan to go from strength to strength in the future.