2012, december 31
"Innovation reflects our mindset, constant curiosity and willingness to challenge ourselves. It is a core component of our competitiveness and long term growth."
Chairman and CEO
Born in 1957 – French
"It is through innovation that we sustain our business, finding new applications for elementary molecules. We have been successfully leveraging our innovation culture for 110 years!"
Senior Executive Vice-President(a)
Born in 1955 – Canadian
(a) Also supervising the Large Industries World Business Line.
"Competing for new markets, expanding technologically and geographically; it is innovation, and our ability to apply it operationally that is driving our success and progress."
Born in 1952 - French
(b) Also supervising the Healthcare World Business Line and the Welding Activities
"We offer employees the autonomy and the space to give full expression to their creativity in performing their professional responsibilities."
Vice-President, Human Resources
Born in 1962 – French
"Innovation is what drives our commitment to customers, communities, employees and shareholders to deliver the best there is to offer and to do so with the utmost attention to safety and reliability."
Michael J. Graff
Senior Vice-President, Americas, also supervising the Electronics WBL and Safety and Industrial Systems
Born in 1955 – American
"Innovation requires audacity and tenacity. But even more, it means embracing the inconceivable and the unexpected – this is what we must demand of our imagination!"
Senior Vice-President Research & Development - New business - Innovation & Technologies, Intellectual Property, Engineering and Construction, Industrial Merchant WBL
Born in 1956 – French
"The development of innovative financing tools supports worldwide growth of the Group’s activities and contributes to our performance."
Group Vice-President, Finance and Operations Control, also supervising the Diving Activities
Born in 1962 – French
"Asia combines the drive of middle classes and a readiness to adopt new ideas, regardless of origin; its creativity boosts our business."
Jean-Marc de Royere
Senior Vice-President, Asia-Pacific
Born in 1965 – French
"Offering our customers the innovative solutions that allow them to improve productivity while reducing their environmental footprint."
Augustin de Roubin
Vice-President, South America
Born in 1953 – French
"Continuing to strengthen our strategic positions in mature economies while exploring emerging markets in order to accelerate our growth."
Vice-President, Western Europe
Born in 1958 – French
"Innovation means finding new ways of doing business, whether developing a technical process like gasification or creating a new business model for bulk hydrogen."
Mok Kwong Weng
Vice-President, North-East Asia & South-East Asia
Born in 1953 – Singaporean
"Uncompromising commitment combined with an inventive spirit enable us to fulfill our mission: protecting vulnerable lives.”
Vice-President, Healthcare Global Operations
Born in 1962 – French
2013, january 31
€3,108M Gas & Services revenue
€7,025M Gas & Services revenue
€3,416M Gas & Services revenue
€363M Gas & Services revenue
Falling energy prices in the U.S. helped spur new project development in refining, chemicals and steel, contributing to Air Liquide’s solid sales growth, especially of hydrogen. Industrial distributor acquisitions and Canada’s strong home healthcare market drove North America revenue growth. In South America, there was dynamic growth in the industrial sector as well as in Healthcare, particularly in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.
+7.8% 2012 Large Industries activity in the Americas22% of Gas & Services revenue
In Europe, the Group’s largest market, growth was mixed between advanced and developing economies, with Gas & Services 2012 revenue increasing 25% in the latter. The newly created Eastern Europe zone is intended to increase customer proximity, especially in Russia and Poland. Hydrogen demand in the chemical and refining industries remained robust throughout Europe while the increase in Healthcare revenue, which represents 28% of Gas & Services zone revenue, reflects the market’s high potential growth.
+25% 2012 Eastern Europe Gas & Services revenue50% of Gas & Services revenue
Continued strong Gas & Services sales in China (+15%) reflects across-the-board customer demand, which firmed up at the end of the year. The Engineering & Construction business, which has a manufacturing center in Hangzhou, also won several energy contracts. Air Liquide won recognition in Paris and Beijing among French companies operating in China for its remarkable record of growth in the country from 2001 to 2011. Electronics, with two-thirds of its business concentrated in Asia, showed signs of recovery toward year end, including several contract wins with next generation flat screen manufacturers in Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and China.
4,000 employees in Chinain 201225% of Gas & Services revenue
While business in 2011 had been impacted by the region’s political turmoil, double-digit growth was achieved in 2012. Key drivers included the ramp-up of new production units in the Middle East as well as a recovery in demand from industrial customers. The enormous construction site for the hydrogen production unit in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, the Group’s biggest investment, is progressing according to schedule thanks to the efforts of mobilized teams. The Healthcare business continues to achieve solid growth, particularly in South Africa and Tunisia. The region offers increasing development opportunities as a result of energy-related projects and a demand for new technologies.
More than €300M in 2012 Gas & Services revenue3% of Gas & Services revenue
Strategically located to provide flexible, efficient and sustainable solutions to new and existing energy development customers in Alberta, Canada, the newest engineering center, opened in 2012 in Calgary, reinforces Air Liquide’s growing North American presence.
With the December 2012 signing of a contract with Metinvest, Ukraine’s leading manufacturer of steel, Air Liquide acquired an ASU located onsite at the Yenakievo steel plant and began supplying oxygen, nitrogen and argon in February 2013, as well as working to upgrade equipment and reduce energy consumption. Present at Yenakievo since 2011, Air Liquide is already building an ASU scheduled for start up in 2014.
Air Liquide’s new offer for offshore oil and gas customers delivers a comprehensive solution available in all major operating regions. Its line of products and equipment are designed to respond to specific sector requirements including gas for platform construction, operation and maintenance, compliance with quality and safety standards, adapted packaging, facilitated logistics and comprehensive commercial services.
With its 2012 acquisition of two major companies — Gasmedi in Spain and LVL Médical in France — Air Liquide reinforced its position as Europe’s leading home healthcare specialist and demonstrated its ability to select projects creating both short and long term value.
Responding to growing customer demand, Air Liquide introduced a next-generation onsite fluorine cleaning gas solution for flat panel display manufacturing through its FidelioTM global Joint-Venture with Solvay. The new environmentally friendly alternative eliminates large screen manufacturing byproducts, offering a cost effective, productivity-enhancing, reliable approach.
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Published by the Communications Department of Air Liquide Group, April 2013
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