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Automotive

Expert solutions in raw materials processing and assembly

Demand for mobility is growing around the world and the production of vehicles is on the rise, boosting automotive production. At the same time, safety and environmental considerations are paramount to the automobile industry. These requirements raise interest in developing lightweight materials but also electric or fuel cell vehicles. Thus, innovation in materials, design and technologies is playing an increasingly important role in the market, which must adapt to these changes.

Boosting productivity for automotive manufacturers

At Air Liquide, we recognize that automobile manufacturers need solutions to improve their yields and to boost their productivity. To this end, we deliver high-quality standardized products around the globe, particularly to metal fabrication companies and parts manufacturers of all types of vehicle components.

A decades-old know-how in metal fabrication

We are a trusted partner for the entire automotive process, from the elaboration of raw materials to the fabrication and treatment of subcomponents and the recycling of parts.

Our worldwide presence enables us to manage global players effectively and deploy specific solutions for local markets, while our decades-old know-how in metal fabrication enables us to strengthen our customers’ competitiveness in developing economies.

  • Exhaust line,
    catalyst

    • Welding, vehicle air pollution monitoring
    • (emission control).
  • Car body

    • Laser (welding, plasma...)
    • with protective atmospheres.
  • Engine and mechanical
    parts

    • Gears, pinions, common rail, injectors : heat treatment
    • with controlled atmosphere. Manufacture and leakage
    • test for radiator and air conditioner.
  • Tires

    • Safe inflation.
    • Rubber curing and tire molding.
    • Cryogrinding for recycling.
  • Plastic materials

    Dashboard, seats, bumpers, fuet tank.

  • Airbags

    • Gas filling.
    • Laser welding.
  • Electronic
    components

    • Electronic chips (ABS, on-board computers...).
    • Component assembly.
  • Headlights

    New technologies to improve night vision :

    • front and rear lights, interior lighting.

Supporting major steps in automotive production

We offer critical support in the major steps of the automobile manufacturing process by leveraging our expertise to tailor our innovations and offers to these steps.

Cutting of metallic raw materials, such as sheets, tubes and coils, is the first step to creating vehicle components and metallic structures. Laser cutting is the most used process for the thinner sheets. LASAL™ solution combines pure and pre-mixed lasing gases strictly compliant with laser manufacturer specifications and high purity process gases to improve performance and reliability of specialized laser cutting jobs.

Metal heat treatment is a process designed to make mechanical parts of vehicles more resistant. ALNAT™ is our range of metal heat treatment solutions and is a packaged offer encompassing gas, related handling equipment and services for value-added processes.

Laser welding is the most productive technology to join thin materials used in automotives. From regular CO2 lasers to fiber and solid ones, Air Liquide supplies with LASAL™ gases the most suitable shielding products: helium, argon or mixtures.

ARC welding is one of the most widespread methods for joining vehicle components and structures. ARCAL™ is our leading brand of shielding gases (argon and argon-based mixtures), compliant with ISO standards. Best fit for MIG-MAG and TIG processes.

Emissions testing is essential for automotive actors to ensure that automobile exhaust complies with emission standards (e.g. Euro V). ALPHAGAZ™ is Air Liquide’s comprehensive range of specialty gases for this analysis and quality control. Our analytical gases are used in automotive industries for both the development and manufacture of vehicles.

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