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Air Liquide in China

To achieve profitable growth through delivering excellent performance and acting responsibly, while maintaining a leading position in China.

Our story

Entering China in 1916 and supplying air separation units to the local market since the 1970s, Air Liquide today operates more than 120 plants in over 40 cities. After many years of steady growth, we now employ around 5,000 people nationwide. Our main businesses include: industrial and medical gas operations, home health service, Engineering & Construction, as well as innovation activities by Global Markets & Technologies and Innovation Campus Shanghai. With a strong presence in China’s key coastal industrial areas, Air Liquide is now further expanding into the nation’s center, southern and western regions.

Air Liquide pursues profitable and sustainable growth over the long term through delivering excellent performance and acting responsibly, while maintaining a leading position in China. Relying on the Group’s long-term strategy and resources worldwide, we strive to create new markets and new business opportunities with a focus on the energy, environment, high technology, and healthcare sectors. With dedicated support from our professional teams, Air Liquide China provides reliable services and value-added solutions to our customers while fulfilling our role as a responsible corporate citizen.

Air Liquide Group

A world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 73 countries with approximately 67,100 employees and serves more than 3.9 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. 

Taking action today while preparing the future is at the heart of Air Liquide’s strategy. With ADVANCE, its strategic plan for 2025, Air Liquide is targeting a global performance, combining financial and extra-financial dimensions. Positioned on new markets, the Group benefits from major assets such as its business model combining resilience and strength, its ability to innovate and its technological expertise. The Group develops solutions contributing to climate and the energy transition—particularly with hydrogen—and takes action to progress in areas of healthcare, digital and high technologies.

Air Liquide’s revenue amounted to more than 29.9 billion euros in 2022. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, CAC 40 ESG, EURO STOXX 50 and FTSE4Good and DJSI Europe indexes.

Our history



1st wholly-owned entity founded in China

Air Liquide (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. was established, supplying high purity gases to two semiconductor manufacturers in Shanghai.


Market Development

Between 1992 and 1994, Air Liquide set up over 10 subsidiaries and joint ventures in Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing and Guangdong.


Expansion Northward

Air Liquide established its presence in Northern China from 1995, with Tianjin and Shandong as key basins.



Increasing investment in China

At the dawn of the new millennium, China became a major growth market for industrial gases. Air Liquid began to increase investments and secured several significant contracts.


Air Liquide (China) Holding Co., Ltd. founded

Air Liquide (China) Holding Co., Ltd. was founded, with business mainly in eastern coastal areas.


Tengfei Plan launched

Launching Tengfei Plan.
Annual investment of 3 billion yuan to expand business into the center, west & south (2007 - 2010).



Providing logistics service and backup hydrogen supply for the Expo 2010 Shanghai


Zhuoyue Plan launched

Zhuoyue Plan, the strategic plan to 2020 
Striving for excellence in performing, innovating and connecting.


Accelerating the deployment of hydrogen energy infrastructure

In the presence of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, and Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, Air Liquide and Sinopec signed a MoU to contribute to the acceleration of the deployment of hydrogen mobility solutions in China.


Celebrating the 30th anniversary

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in China with the French and Chinese government officials, customers, partners and employees.


ADVANCE launched

ADVANCE, the strategic plan to 2025.
Striving for comprehensive performance by combining financial and extra-financial performance.

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