Editorial

Air Liquide is well positioned for the coming years

Editorial with Benoît Potier,
Chairman and CEO

On May 3, the Annual General Meeting was attended by nearly 4,000 of you, and many of you also followed us live or on demand. Thank you for participating in this moment of exchange, which comes after a year full of events for your Group.

With the acquisition of Airgas, in 2016, we achieved a major milestone in our geographical expansion and the extension of our markets. As the first steps of the integration have been successfully reached, we are now focusing on achieving the expected synergies.

The performance of your Group in 2016 was solid, and the activity has improved in a more favorable economic environment during the 1st quarter 2017.

For 2017, our priority will be the continued implementation of our company program for the 2016-2020 period. This involves, in a rapidly evolving environment in which industries move from “producing more” to “producing better”, a transformation centered on customers and their new needs, which relies heavily on digital and innovation.

With strong fundamentals, a well-defined roadmap, committed teams, the trust of our customers and the support of our shareholders, we are well positioned for 2017 and the coming years.

In this new edition of interactions, you will find news about your Group, services dedicated to you, but also insights into our operations in South America or an essential, yet little-known molecule, CO2.

Thank you for your loyalty and happy reading to all!

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