SHANGHAI, July 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fourth consecutive year, Air Liquide China was awarded the "Best Brand Image" of the year at the 2019 China Finance Summit held on 11 July 2019 in Beijing. Honoring companies and individuals that have contributed to the economic growth and social advancement of the country, Air Liquide was one of the 40 leading companies awarded this year.
With nearly 30 years of presence in China, Air Liquide is committed to the economic and social development of the country. It continues to invest over the long-term, leveraging its strong expertise and innovation to introduce new solutions that help industries operate more sustainably.
In 2018, Air Liquide announced its climate objectives. These aim at reducing by 30% the Group's carbon intensity by 2025 compared to 2015. In China, Air Liquide contributes to sustainability by using clean energy, operating more efficient plants and developing new technologies designed to reduce emissions in its daily operations. Air Liquide is also at the forefront in the use of hydrogen as a clean energy source.
Relying on its global R&D network, and in particular on its Shanghai Innovation Campus, Air Liquide seeks to provide customized solutions to its Chinese customers so as to address today's environmental and societal challenges. It also partners with the local innovation ecosystem, especially leading universities, to conduct cutting-edge research.
Marcelo Fioranelli, President and CEO of Air Liquide China, commented: "With sustainability and climate actions embedded in our strategy, we are strongly committed to the sustainable development of our operations and the industries that we serve. This award serves as an inspiration for us to continue to contribute to China's high-quality development."
Air Liquide in China
Air Liquide in China operates nearly 90 plants and employs more than 4,000 employees today. With a strong presence in the key coastal industrial areas, Air Liquide is now expanding into the center, south and west. Its main business activities include industrial and medical gas operations, Engineering & Construction (designing, manufacturing and installing air separation units/hydrogen facilities), as well as Innovation activities.
Air Liquide Group
A world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 66,000 employees and serves more than 3.6 million customers and patients. 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 be a leader in 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 21 billion euros in 2018 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.