LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Products (NYSE: APD), a leading supplier of industrial gases in Poland, and Grupa Azoty Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn S.A., part of Grupa Azoty, the second largest producer of mineral fertilizers in the European Union, have signed a long-term contract for the delivery of oxygen and nitrogen. The agreement will remain valid until the end of 2035 and extends cooperation between the companies which dates back to 1997. The contract also secures Air Products' position as a key supplier to major industries in Poland. Under the contract, Air Products will provide oxygen and nitrogen gas to the Grupa Azoty Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn plant, as well as liquid oxygen and nitrogen to other customers in Poland. The project will be implemented on the basis of an upgrade of Air Products' production facility which, with a capacity of approximately 2,000 tons per day, is one of the largest of its kind in Poland. Industrial gases supplied by Air Products are used by Grupa Azoty Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn S.A. for the production of ammonia, OXO alcohols and in auxiliary processes. Nitrogen is also used to ensure the safety of production facilities on-site. "We value long-term relationships with our clients based on mutual trust. Our long and successful cooperation with Grupa Azoty Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn S.A. has resulted in the signing of a new contract extending our commitment to supply gases critical to our customer's operations. The plant in Kedzierzyn-Kozle is the largest Air Products production unit in Central Europe. Poland is a key market for us and we plan for continued growth and development here," said Piotr Wieczorek, vice president, Air Products Central Europe. "An agreement with such a large and reliable partner as Air Products guarantees a stable supply of industrial gases for the needs of our business in Kedzierzyn," stated Mariusz Bober, CEO of Grupa Azoty, who took part in the signing of the contract. "Along with signing the agreement, the Air Products production plant will also be modernized. This is particularly important since our company uses such a significant amount of industrial gases," said Mateusz Gramza, President of the Management Board of Grupa Azoty Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn S.A. Liquid nitrogen has a number of applications due to its unique properties. Its very low temperature allows it to be used for quick food freezing, ice cream manufacture and packaging of food products (e.g., snacks or drinks). It is also used for cryotherapy, production of plastic, metal processing and for the production of artificial snow. Liquid oxygen is used by hospitals, for water treatment, and for oxygenating the water in fish farms. Oxygen is also used to improve quality and efficiency in the production of metals and glass.