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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.

Competitive operations

€298 M

in efficiency gains in 2015


new patents filed in 2015

By staying competitive, Air Liquide is able to guarantee that its structural costs remain aligned with changes in the consumption needs of industrial customers and the evolution of healthcare prices. Through Group-wide initiatives and a multitude of local projects, in logistics and procurement for example, Air Liquide generates substantial recurring efficiencies. But competitiveness is about more than costs and prices; it is also about quality, reliability and safety, as well as about ensuring that the Group’s offer is backed by sound and ergonomic technological content. This is how the efficiency gains generated combine with the continuous improvement of existing offers and initiatives designed to accelerate innovation and technology make Air Liquide highly competitive.

Air Liquide’s efficiency objective for 2011-2015 is 1.3 billion euros