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Two Air Liquide Cases Selected as “2016 Excellent CSR Practices of Foreign-Invested Enterprises in China”

SHANGHAI, Dec. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — On December 14, two Air Liquide cases were recognized at the "2016 Excellent CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Practices of Foreign-Invested Enterprises in China" award ceremony held in Beijing. A total of 61 cases from 54 companies received the honor at the event. All cases were compiled into a CSR report, which was released at the same event.

Co-organized by China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment and China WTO Tribune, the event aims to further promote the best CSR practices of foreign-invested enterprises and to reinforce their responsible image. Through public vote and expert evaluation, the selected cases reflect some of the most representative thoughts and practices in the CSR field.

Both cases from Air Liquide featured innovative applications of the company's advanced technologies and solutions. The first example, "Exploring value-added use of biogas for clean energy" received the "Best Eco-friendly Pioneer" award. By providing a complete biogas purification solution, Air Liquide enables its customers to improve energy efficiency while reducing emissions. The second case, "Using inert gas protection technology to store dangerous goods" was awarded "Best Customer Service Provider". By packaging volatile goods with inert gas instead of air, Air Liquide's inert gas control system provides customers with a cost-effective and safe way to preserve goods.

Yan Jinping, Chief Operating Officer of Air Liquide China, said: "As a responsible corporate citizen, Air Liquide advocates an environmentally friendly mindset through our innovative products and solutions, in addition to our CSR initiatives. These awards are valuable acknowledgement of our achievements so far, and encourage us to continue our pursuit of sustainable development."

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Air Liquide in China

Air Liquide in China operates nearly 90 plants and employs about 4,500 employees today. With a strong presence in the key coastal industrial areas, Air Liquide China 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

The world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 68,000 employees and serves more than 3 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 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 revenues amounted to EUR16.4 billion in 2015, and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. On 23 May 2016, Air Liquide completed its acquisition of Airgas, which had revenues amounting to US$5.3 billion (around EUR4.8 billion) for the fiscal year ending 31 March 2016.

Air Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.

* Following the acquisition of Airgas on 23 May 2016

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