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Air Liquide

Air Liquide
Company nameL'Air Liquide S.A.
Company typeSociété Anonyme
HeadquartersQuai d'Orsay, 7th arrondissement, Paris, France
Key peopleBenoît Potier (Chairman and CEO)
ProductsIndustrial gases, fine chemicals
Revenue-13.49 billion (2010)
Operating income-2.254 billion (2010)
Net income-1.404 billion (2010)
Total assets-22.54 billion (end 2010)
Total equity-9.113 billion (end 2010)
Employees43,600 (average, 2010)

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L'Air Liquide S.A., or Air Liquide (-frɛʁ likid; -enˌɛər lɨˈkiːdlang; literally "Liquid Air"), is a major French company supplying industrial gases and services to various industries including medical, chemical and electronic manufacturers. Founded in 1902, it is first in the world market in its field, now operating in over 80 countries. It is headquartered in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France. Air Liquide owned the patent for Aqua-Lung until it time-expired.

Although Air Liquide's headquarters are located in Paris, France, it also has a major site in Japan (ALL), as well as in Houston, TX, and Newark, DE, USA. There is an emphasis on Research and Development (R&D) throughout the entire Air Liquide company. R&D targets the creation of not only industrial gases, but also gases that are used in products such as healthcare items, electronic chips, foods and chemicals. The major R&D groups within Air Liquide focus on analysis, bioresources (foods and chemicals), combustion, membranes, modeling, and the production of Hydrogen (H2) gas.

As of 2009, the company is ranked 484 in the Fortune Global 500.

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