In a bid to increase the quality and efficiency of its homecare services in the UK, Tier 1 company Air Liquide is bringing together all of its resources and assets in England within a single company.

Over the past few years the company has made positive steps to establishing its position as a key homecare provider in the UK.

Having been a supplier of medical hygience products for some years, the company entered the British homecare and medical gases markets in 2007, with the acquisition of Linde UK and Allied Respiratory.

From 1st February, 2009, it increased its presence in UK by being selected by the National Health Service (NHS, the British public health system) to serve 10,000 patients in the South West of England.

These patients now receive oxygen therapy and associated services thanks to two new agencies opened in Bristol and Plymouth.

Through doing this, Air Liquide has consolidated its position as the number two player in the UK homecare market, with around 30,000 patients and 300 employees.

To increase the quality and efficiency of its services, from 1st August, 2009, Air Liquide will bring together all of its homecare human resources and assets in England within a single company, Air Liquide Home Care Ltd.

Through this new company, Air Liquide will be able to bring to the NHS all the know-how developed by the Group’s homecare business.

Jean-Marc de Royere, Vice-President of the Group’s Healthcare business and member of Air Liquide’s Executive Committee said, “We confirm the strong growth outlook announced in 2007, as we entered the British market. We want to continue to develop new services with the NHS, to increase the quality of life of people with respiratory diseases in the United Kingdom.”

He added, “Health is a solid and lasting growth driver for the Air Liquide Group.”