The USA gains new impetus

The USA are experiencing an industrial renaissance, and will be the world’s leading producer of natural gas by 2015. With 30 years of experience, 5,000 employees and 200 sites on American soil, Air Liquide continues to grow throughout the country.

A new energy paradigm

With the benefits of abundant and competitively priced energy generation, the USA are attracting significant investments from the petrochemical and oil industries. To satisfy the growing needs of its major customers, Air Liquide has begun the construction of several oxygen production and hydrogen production units, with particular focus on Freeport, Texas. In 2013, the Group acquired the liquid nitrogen, cryogenics storage and distribution supplier Progressive Resources Inc. Air Liquide also signed a new long-term contract with LyondellBasell, one of the world’s leading players in the plastics, chemicals and petrochemicals industry.

Expanding into new markets

Air Liquide is rolling out many initiatives to expand its market in the USA, especially in the promising sectors of biogas and hydrogen energy. In 2013, Air Liquide also acquired Voltaix, an innovative US specialist in new high-tech electronics molecules. Lastly, the Group continues to grow in the healthcare market mainly by supplying medical gases and services.

"The next two years will be decisive: they will influence the majority of the investments we will make alongside our US customers."
John Buckley, CEO Air Liquide US

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