Japan is actively seeking to develop technologies in fields such as material science, biomedical research and clean-energy, so as to address some of the challenges posed by its scarce natural energy resources and ageing population.
Air Liquide has recently been selected in three technology-projects.
The Group will provide helium liquefiers to two prominent universities in Japan
for their fundamental research activities.
In Kyoto University, the helium will be used in the "Low Temperature and Material
Science Laboratory" to provide cold power to scientific experiments ranging from
material science to nuclear magnetic resonance.
In Iwate University (Morioka City, northern Japan), the helium will mainly be used for
material and biomedical research.
Air Liquide will also provide a 350 bar hydrogen filling station to power a fuel cell
vehicle as part of a project conducted by the regional government of Saga
(southern Japan) to demonstrate the feasibility of a complete "green hydrogen"
chain from wood chips to clean mobility.
Jean-Marc de Royere, Senior Vice-President Asia-Pacific, a member of the
Executive Committee, said: "We are keen to develop such high-tech and cleanenergy
projects with Japanese partners in industry & academia. We recognize
the outstanding capabilities of Japan in Research and new technologies. High-
Tech is one of the five growth drivers of Air Liquide and Japan plays a central
role in this strategy."
Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment, and is present in over 75 countries with 42,300 employees. Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air Liquide's activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air Liquide continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current and future markets. The Group innovates to enable progress, to achieve dynamic growth and a consistent performance.
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Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life, staying true to its sustainable development approach. In 2009, the Group's revenues amounted to 12 billion, of which almost 80% were generated outside France. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.