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Our innovation approach

Connected to the innovation ecosystems to support our responsible growth

Our innovation strategy focuses on three major trends: energy transition, healthcare and digital transformation. Our teams design and deploy new offerings to improve the customer and patient experience by working with external ecosystems. We are committed to reduce the carbon footprint of our assets, customers and with ecosystems.

€300 M

of innovation expenses in 2018

100+

start-ups working with the Group

4,000

employees contributing to innovation

Our open innovation approach

Our innovation strategy is part of an open ecosystem. It leverages both Air Liquide internal communities and the external innovation ecosystems.

Our Innovation and Development teams gather different entities in Europe, Asia and the US, working closely on the same challenges:

  • R&D, with a focus on science and the knowledge of Essential Small Molecules (oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, CO2, etc.)
  • The innovation initiatives of Engineering & Construction
  • The Digital teams (including the i-lab and Alizent) which work closely with the IT teams, to support the roll out of digital solutions
  • The Global Markets & Technologies World Business Unit, focused on new markets such as energy transition, maritime and deep tech
  • The Hydrogen Energy World Business Line, focused on markets opened by the use of hydrogen in energy transition and the hydrogen economy;
  • ALIAD, the venture capital arm of the Group
  • The Intellectual Property Department.
What does Innovation mean to us?

Campus Innovation Paris Campus Innovation Francfort Nouveaux marchés Sassenage
Innovation Campus Paris Innovation Campus Frankfurt New Markets Sassenage
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In the frame of its open innovation approach, Air Liquide has developed numerous collaborations with customers, scientific partners and technology institutes, suppliers and start-ups.

Air Liquide has strongly strengthened its partnerships with start-ups to accelerate innovation and digital transformation for the benefit of the customer experience: the Group is working with more than 100 start-ups worldwide.

Our innovation mindset

Our innovation teams combine scientific and technological expertise with an entrepreneurial spirit. They experience different ways of working with business teams in Innovation campuses and in Labs and thus deliver innovative solutions to our customers and patients.

Trapti Chaubey, senior scientist, talks about CO2 capture

The Group has implemented internal programs to encourage and recognize the talent and expertise of its technical experts,  internal entrepreneurs and all employees who contribute to innovation.

Join our innovation teams

Each year, Air Liquide recognizes its talents

Innovate for people and the planet

The Group focuses its innovation expenses on three subjects: energy transition, healthcare and digital transformation. The proliferation of innovative technologies and solutions in the energy transition field, drawing on the strength of digital solutions and their integration in ecosystems, allowed the Group, in 2018, to commit to low-carbon growth as part of its Climate objectives.

In healthcare, the Group also innovates to design and deliver molecules, devices and services that best meet our customers and patients current and future needs.