of innovation expenses in 2018
start-ups working with the Group
employees contributing to innovation
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:
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 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.
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.
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.