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Our Innovation

Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, rare gases… the molecules produced by Air Liquide have not changed since the Group was founded in 1902. Innovation is what makes the difference and enables researchers to imagine their new uses.

Innovation is at the heart of the Group’s strategy. Innovating enables Air Liquide to open up new markets and to create new growth opportunities.

Air Liquide’s innovation approach combines science and entrepreneurial spirit. Ideas, expertise, technology and entrepreneurship are interlocking concepts of our innovation culture.

Air Liquide boosted this innovation approach in 2013: from science and technology (role of Research & Development, of the Engineering business and the ALTEC centers), the Group built its advanced Business & Technologies network in order to develop the spirit of enterprise, and founded two new entities, namely i-Lab (innovation lab), in order to boost innovation, and ALIAD, an investment vehicle.

Key Figures

  • €265M: innovation expenses in 2013
  • 6,200 employees in entities contribute to innovation
  • 321 new patents filed in 2013 or 1 patent per working day

More about the Group's innovations in the fields of:

  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Health
  • High Tech