Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide has told a French TV station that the company remains confident over its prospects in 2009.

According to Reuters, Benoit Potier, Chairman and CEO of industrial gas company Air Liquide, spoke on France 24 TV station last week, about the financial crisis and its effect on the company.

$quot;We are well-positioned, not only in terms of our sectors but also in terms of our regions,” he said.

He added, “The heavy industry and healthcare sectors are both businesses which are growing for us.$quot;

According to Potier, the financial crisis will be felt in the first half of 2009, and then tail off in the second half of the year.