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Air Liquide China opens its plants to the public

Virtual reality glasses? Self-made sparkling water? Helium balloons? Don’t mistake it for a carnival. It’s Air Liquide China’s Open to Public Day. On July 11, a group of over 50 people, including Air Liquide China employees’ family members and external guests participated in this event.

The event echoes the call of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM) to promote its “Responsible Care” initiative in China and convey a positive image of the chemical industry to the public. Air Liquide China, as an advisory board member of the AICM, dedicates itself to the sustainability of both the business and local communities.

In his welcome speech, Marcelo Fioranelli, Vice President of Air Liquide Greater China, addressed: “In reflection of AICM’s theme of ‘Chemistry Innovation for Smart Life’ this year, we especially designed this event to bring general public like you closer to the gas world. Through today’s journey, you’ll not only get a general idea of how industrial gases are safely produced, stored and transported, but more importantly, you’re likely to be amazed by the ubiquitous presence of various gases in your daily life.”

Besides a tour around two Air Liquide plants in Zhangjiagang, the event was highlighted by several interactive games and activities, showing how invisible gases make industry and life better and smarter. Among them, a pair of virtual reality glasses displaying Air Liquide facilities and the machines allowing users to make sparkling water appeared to be most popular. Some visitors also showed interests in the innovative medical solutions for patients such as insulin pumps and portable sleep monitoring devices. Without doubt, the floating helium balloons attracted most attention from the kids.

The two Air Liquide plants opened to the visitors this time are Air Liquide Zhangjiagang plant (ALZJG) and Electronic Materials Center China (EMCC), each supplying high quality, safe, reliable and competitive products to its customers. ALZJG mainly provides industrial gases to its key customer, ZPSS (Zhangjiagang Pohang Stainless Steel), while EMCC provides a number of electronic customers with electronic materials and value-added services.