China, a growing country
With its exceptional pace of economic development over the past 10 years and growing demand for gas and engineering, China is now one of the top five markets for Air Liquide. The Group’s technological expertise and operational excellence have enabled it to establish itself as a leader in less than a decade in this strategic region.
A strong presence
Between 2003 and 2012, Air Liquide has achieved an average annual revenue growth of 32% in China. This revenue growth, being the strongest of any French company in China over the past 10 years, resulted in the Group winning the 2012 “Growth in China” Award. The Group employs 4,000 people operating in more than 70 production plants in the country. It has a presence in 16 provinces and has made Shanghai one of its three international hubs.
Air Liquide has won a series of significant contracts in China since the beginning of 2013. In a country where coal remains a major source of energy, Air Liquide is strenghtening its market positions by investing in a large-scale coal gasification complex. The Group is also consolidating its presence in the highly dynamic flat screen sector, where it will supply ultra-pure carrier gases to two plants operated by BOE Technology, China’s leading manufacturer of Flat Panel Display. Prioritizing innovation, Air Liquide has signed an R&D agreement with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, one of the most prestigious universities in China.
"By making the Group’s cutting-edge technologies and operational excellence available to its customers to help them compete more effectively, Air Liquide has succeeded in opening up new markets in China."
Marcelo Fioranelli, Vice-President China
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