The Air Liquide Foundation has teamed up with the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, South Africa’s flagship science center and Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest, to support information technology training for underprivileged youths. This 27-week program will help 26 students gain a much-needed vocational qualification and enter the workforce with confidence.
Innovation never stops. It’s the lifeblood of our customers’ industries, and it’s in our DNA. In 2020, as the world adapted to the Covid-19 crisis, Air Liquide picked up the pace to meet accelerated demand for digital technology, energy transition and scientific research.
"With Connect, Air Liquide has completed an important step in its digital transformation by beginning the large-scale deployment of the factory of the future"
The health crisis has put pressure on production and logistics chains in many sectors. Air Liquide supports manufacturers in their quest for agility, competitiveness and sustainable solutions thanks to its unique strengths: technological expertise, in-depth knowledge of customer processes, its presence at the heart of local economies… And its ability to innovate relentlessly.
As several regions of the world, including the United States, are facing a shortage of welders, Air Liquide’s U.S. subsidiary Airgas has expanded its training program. The goal? To help high school technology teachers and students learn new and advanced welding skills. One of the 29 initiatives supported nationwide by Airgas has reached 70 teachers in 12 high schools in Kansas.
Air Liquide and the US-based company Fusion Coolant Systems have partnered to provide a breakthrough innovation for the machining industry based on supercritical CO2.Totally unique on the market, the “Pure Cut” solution enhances performance, productivity, worker safety and sustainability.
In 2018, Air Liquide signed a new contract with its long-standing strategic customer Covestro, a leading global supplier of high-tech polymer materials. The Group will produce hydrogen directly on Covestro’s site in Antwerp (Belgium) using its state of the art SMR-X™ technology. It will allow for hydrogen production while offering increased energy efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint. The unit will start operations in 2020.
Our customers are always looking for new solutions to improve their fabrication processes and the competitiveness of their offers. In this context, increasing the quality of welding or cutting represents a key asset, in particular for metal manufacturers. To address this challenge, Air Liquide has opened an Advanced Fabrication Center (AFC) at its Delaware Innovation Campus, in the U.S. — the world’s biggest metal manufacturing market.
Leveraging its expertise in running production units and the multiple competencies acquired in recent years, Connect is part of Air Liquide’s quest to invent the plant of the future. Developed within Air Liquide France Industrie by multi-disciplinary teams, this project combines their skill set and the many possibilities offered by digital technologies: connected eyewear, tablets, 3D modeling, etc. Below, a review of these game-changing innovations.