Editorial

Innovation: one of the pillars of our strategy

Interview with Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO

In spite of a contrasted international economic environment and several areas of geopolitical instability, your Group is staying the course and continues to implement its strategy of profitable growth over the long term. We rely on competitiveness in our operations, targeted investments in growing markets, and innovation. In the first half of 2014, this strategy resulted in a progressing activity and performance in line with our full year outlook.

True to its long-term vision, your Group is counting on innovation to contribute to its growth in the coming years. Thus with this issue of interactions, we invite you to learn about the latest developments in hydrogen energy for sustainable mobility in several European countries and Japan. Interactions also gives us a chance to showcase some of the Group’s lesser known activities. This time we are introducing you to SEPPIC, a Healthcare entity that designs and supplies specialty ingredients to the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, vaccination and nutrition markets. Innovation is at the heart of SEPPIC’s strategy. Researchers comprise 15% of its staff and the company holds 150 patent families.

Finally, I would like to mention the “2014 Annual General Meeting Grand Prize” awared to Air Liquide in recognition of its long-term vision, its informative approach to explaining your Group’s strategy and governance and the great consideration it gives to shareholders. This award is an opportunity for me to pay tribute to the teams that work for months to prepare for this event, which is a key moment in the life of your company, and to thank you for regularly joining us for this valuable exchange of ideas.

Thank you for your loyalty and enjoy your reading!

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