• Dec 20, 2008
If some governments proudly say that the way out of our economic problems is by investing in new technologies, here's a story that shows that they might not be right. One important player in the so-called "hydrogen economy," Air Products (previous posts), is dealing with the hard times by laying off 1,300 of its workers worldwide. Although the company spots minimal debt, the cuts were planned to lower structural costs and will save Air Products an estimated $50 million in 2009 and $110 million in 2010. Air Products launched its first hydrogen powered bus back in October with much fanfare, as well as a hydrogen fueling station across the pond, in London.

[Source: WFMZ]


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      • 1 Minute Ago
      Air Products sells a variety of compressed gasses and cryogenically liquefied gasses, mostly for industrial and commercial use. Sales for hydrogen hype research is really just a tiny portion of their market.

      The layoffs are caused by the downturn in the general economy, unfortunately, there has not yet been a downturn in the "Hydrogen Hyway Hype".
      harlanx6
      • 1 Minute Ago
      Sounds like this company is well managed (as opposed to some others we know that lay people off after they are terminal, but still pay the people they lay off!)
      • 1 Minute Ago
      The "Hydrogen Economy" has NOT been 'hit'. It has been exposed.