The French company, Air Liquide has galvanised its presence in the homecare sector by acquiring ADEP Assistance, a specialist in home respiratory healthcare.
Experts anticipate that the value of the home healthcare sector is only set to increase, indeed the current market amounts to over €2bn. With this in mind Air Liquide seems well advised in its recent acquisition of ADEP Assistance. ADEP benefits from more than 40 years experience and takes care of nearly 13,000 chronic patients in the regions of Ile de France and Picardie. Furthermore, in 2009 annual turnover reached €21m.
Annie Leroy, general Manager of ADEP Assistance, commented, “We are delighted to join a leader with whom we share the same values, and above all, the desire to position the patient and the healthcare professionals at the heart of our preoccupations.”
ADEP is renowned for providing high quality home respiratory assistance. In particular, the firm specialises in invasive and non-invasive ventilation, in addition to its expertise in paediatrics and the treatment at home of patients with severely disabling diseases.
Pascal Vinet, Vice President of Healthcare World Business Line and Healthcare Operations for the Air Liquide Group, described the benefit of this acquisition. He remarked, “Our business of home healthcare provider in France is strengthened by this acquisition which complements our service offering. This reinforces our leading position in homecare in Europe. ADEP Assistance will now be able to rely on the resources of the Healthcare operations of the Air Liquide Group to continue its development at the service of patients. We are delighted to welcome these new employees into the Group. Health is one of the Air Liquide growth drivers.”