Air Liquide started its business in South Africa over 60 years ago and employs more than 800 people today. Air Liquide supplies industrial and specialty gases to the steel, automotive and fabrication, food and beverage, mining, petrochemical, pharmaceutical And glass industries. It also supplies medical gases through a network of many state and private hospitals as well as solutions and services to home based patients.
Air Liquide production facilities are situated in the 3 main industrial hubs of South Africa, in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern/Western Cape, with 23 branches strategically located to serve its customers.
Air Liquide has been active in other parts of Africa as well for more than 60 years and is the fastest growing industrial gas company on the African continent.
Today, Air Liquide in South Africa relies on more than 800 employees in over 23 sites, offering industrial gases and related services to a customers in a range of industries, including oil and gas, chemicals, metals, construction, food and beverage, research and analysis, electronics and healthcare.
Air Liquide South Africa, supplies rare gases, industrial gases in bulk quantities to customers and natural gas, specialty gas mixtures, ultra-high purity gases and chemicals and related equipment and services. Products are supplied in compressed gas cylinders with volumes and purities available to meet the needs of customers in a wide range of industries.
Air Liquide Healthcare South Africa, provides medical and therapeutic gases as well as related equipment to hospitals and healthcare institutions in South Africa.
Air Liquide Engineering and Construction South Africa, designs and builds units for Large Industries as well for third-party customers that prefer not to outsource their gas production.
The world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 65,000 employees and serves more than 3 million customers and patients.
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Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.
Air Liquide’s ambition is to lead its industry, deliver long term performance and contribute to sustainability. The company’s customer-centric transformation strategy aims at profitable growth over the long term. It relies on operational excellence, selective investments, open innovation and a network organization implemented by the Group worldwide. Through the commitment and inventiveness of its people, Air Liquide leverages energy and environment transition, changes in healthcare and digitization, and delivers greater value to all its stakeholders.
Air Liquide’s revenue amounted to € 18.1 billion in 2016 and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, Euro STOXX 50 and FTSE4Good indexes.
Creative Oxygen is the signature we use in every country in which we are present. The word creative conveys the permanent capacity for invention on the part of Air Liquide’s employees, while the word oxygen is a reminder of Air Liquide’s history. Oxygen is the source of the Group’s development and is a vital resource for industry and health. More than just a molecule, oxygen is a source of inspiration for our employees, who are working to create new applications, for existing markets and those of tomorrow.
Safety is a core value at Air Liquide and we take pride in our high safety standards. Our safety performance, which has improved steadily for more than 20 years, attests to the active involvement of employees in Air Liquide’s strong safety culture.
Innovation is at the heart of Air Liquide’s strategy. We constantly reinvent our business, anticipating market challenges and opening up new markets to create new growth opportunities. Air Liquide also innovates for the benefit of society, exploring new technologies to meet the needs of customers and patients.
Major fields of research include bioresources, oxy-combustion, process control and logistics and modeling.
We are committed to achieving commercial success in ways that honour ethical values, and respect for people and all our stakeholders. We believe in sustainable development and view it as a process for realising human development in an inclusive, connected and equitable way. We recognize our responsibility as a business, to actively contribute to addressing the inequalities of the country’s past.
In order to contribute to SA social-economical development through our business lines, we have identified 4 pillars that reflect SA macro socio-economic challenges:
At Air Liquide, we view community investment not as a choice but as a serious responsibility. We are committed to supporting the communities in which we live and invest both financially and through volunteering time and expertise.
Air Liquide has recently joined forces with St Anne's Homes in Cape Town.
Air Liquide views B-BBEE as a process and not an event. By Empowerment we refer to a process whereby the company assists and educates previously disadvantaged persons and businesses in surrounding communities close to Air Liquide sites to enable them to contribute positively to the economy of the country.
This process is enshrined in our policies with respect to skills development, employment equity, management, enterprise development, social development and affirmative procurement. An integrated and coherent approach towards the implementation of these policies is fully supported by the Air Liquide Board of Directors and its shareholders.
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