CHICAGO (May 15)—Air Products and Chemicals Inc. and Microtec GmbH have announced a strategic agreement to market and supply Microtec's UTM Cryogenic Grinding System to rubber and plastics customers for a variety of fine grinding applications. Under the agreement, Air Products will be the exclusive North American sales agent of Microtec's UTM technology, designed for size reduction of materials utilizing liquid nitrogen as a refrigerant. In conjunction with the agreement, Air Products also is upgrading its cryogenic grinding lab and test facility located at its Allentown, Pa., corporate headquarters. Within months, Air Products will be able to provide customers with full testing capabilities with the Microtec mill as well as more traditional impact-type mills, Air Products said. These mills will enable Air Products to test grind product samples to determine particle size distribution and production rates, Air Products said.