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What is Our Strategy?

Deliver Profitable Growth over the Long Term


Air Liquide pursues a strategy of profitable growth over the long term, based on three pillars: operational competitiveness, targeted investments in growing markets, and innovation. This strategy is shaped by three major long-term trends: industry globalization and resource constraints, evolving consumption and demographics and, lastly, the growing appetite for innovation of individuals, businesses and society as a whole.



employees contributing to innovation

€ 278 M

innovation expenses in 2014

Our global leadership position today reflects our capacity for innovation. The inventiveness of our teams, which constantly interact with our customers and patients in an open ecosystem, enables the Group to continuously renew its business and anticipate challenges across its markets.

Air Liquide’s position as global leader is in part thanks to its ability to innovate continuously

For Air Liquide, innovation is about science and entrepreneurial spirit. Ideas, expertise, technology and entrepreneurship are interlocking concepts of our innovation culture.

Since its founding, the Group has been constantly inventing new applications for its molecules, developing new technologies and services and pushing the traditional limits of its businesses.


Innovation 360°

Providing solutions for patients living with diabetes, developing hydrogen charging stations for clean electric vehicles, improving the technologies of oxygen production to reduce energy consumption: these are just a few of the many illustrations of Air Liquide’s capacity for innovation.

Expertise, audacity and intuition of our teams

Throughout its businesses and around the globe, our teams build partnerships with universities, research institutes, start-ups and other major companies.

Staying close to customers, patients, and communities enables a better understanding of expectations. What do they need? For which usage? Answering these questions by being open to the world and relying on the expertise, audacity and intuition of our teams, we are able to anticipate needs, seize growth opportunities and innovate to better serve society.


“ We are convinced that collective intelligence and a diversity of vantage points are the keys to inventing the products and services of the future. That is why open innovation has driven our approach for many years. ”

Oliver Delabroy , Vice President R&D for the Air Liquide Group