Autonomous cars have long been considered the holy grail of automotive development. Yet for all the tantalising developments in autonomous driving in recent years and even some fully-functional prototypes, vehicles which do not require any human involvement are still some way off. Nevertheless, steps towards at least partially autonomous operation are good news for AirLiquide’s customers in the semiconductor industry.
In the 150 years that have elapsed since the pioneering efforts of Karl Benz and Henry Ford, cars have come a long way. With an estimated billion cars on the world’s roads and roughly 70 million of them being produced every year, the car is a defining part of human society. Designated “automobile” from the Greek autos for "self" and the Latin mobilis for “moveable”, the idea of a car which cannot only power, but also drive itself has always been a vision for the industry.
Inauguration of the Campus Technologies Grenoble
Founded in 1962 and newly revamped, the site designs and manufactures solutions for the deep tech (space, extreme cryogenics) and energy transition (biogas, hydrogen mobility) markets.
Climate change, chronic diseases, cybersecurity – sometimes, the magnitude of the challenges facing society can feel dizzying. Yet the technology for responding to these trends is not beyond our reach – quite to the contrary. Air Liquide is one of the companies developing deep tech1 solutions to tackle them, through a cooperative approach to innovation that will be the key to its success.
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.
"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"
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.
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.