Brazil, a fast-growing market
As the leading economic power in South America, Brazil is now experiencing unprecedented expansion. Growing demand from players in energy, healthcare and industry (steel, paper, food processing, glass, etc.) offers excellent prospects for Air Liquide, which has maintained a presence in this country for 65 years.
A booming business
Air Liquide Brazil continues to develop and expand in this enormous country. Two contracts were signed here in 2012: the first with bottler FEMSA, the largest drinks supplier in Latin America, and the second with Suzano, the region’s second-largest paper producer. These projects were accompanied by a €70 million investment in a new air separation unit due to be commissioned at the end of 2013. The recent opening of industrial gas filling centers at Bauru and Presidente Prudente is also giving Air Liquide the opportunity to expand in the Sao Paolo region and operate even closer to its customers.
Healthcare, a fast-growing market
The Air Liquide Brazil Healthcare business now contributes nearly 20% of revenue in Brazil. The growth of the Home Healthcare business under the VitalAire brand has picked up pace since the 2012 acquisition of two companies specializing in respiratory assistance. The purchase of Globalmed has also expanded the expertise of Air Liquide Brazil in sleep apnea. Air Liquide has also won a contract with the City of Sao Paulo for monitoring 2,000 patients at home under oxygen therapy. Lastly, Healthcare business development is benefiting from new contracts with hospitals.
"Like that of South America as a whole, the dynamic economy of Brazil is a growth driver for Air Liquide, both in industry and healthcare."
Augustin de Roubin, Group Executive Committee Member and Vice-President South America
Listen to the interview with Augustin de Roubin, Vice-President South America