The Air Liquide Group reported that its 2,700 employees based in Japan are safe following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The company said its Japanese teams remain “committed in ensuring operational continuity.”
Air Liquide’s crisis management team at its group headquarters in France is closely monitoring the situation, and supporting its Japanese management team.
“The group’s priority is to ensure the safety of its teams and to continue supplying its customers, particularly at this critical stage,” Air Liquide said in a statement.
Due to aftershocks, interruptions in the supply of electricity and difficult logistics, the Air Liquide headquarters in Tokyo have been temporarily closed and the teams required to ensure operational continuity have been relocated to the Osaka region until further notice.
In cooperation with the Japanese authorities, Air Liquide says it has put everything in place in the affected region to ensure the continuous delivery of critical supplies, such as oxygen destined for hospitals and homecare patients or nitrogen for the safety of certain industrial processes.
Air Liquide is also donating $1m to the Japanese Red Cross to help those affected by the tragedy.
Air Liquide has been in Japan since 1907, principally in the regions of Tokyo, south of Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. It serves 15,000 customers across the country, particularly in electronics. The Group also has a Research & Technology Centre in Tsukuba (near Tokyo) and an Engineering Centre in Harima (near Kobe). Japan serves as a Technology & Research base for Air Liquide in Asia and beyond.
The majority of the Air Liquide’s sites and teams are located in the west and south of Japan, the most industrialised regions, and the production units there are currently operating at a sustained pace to meet customers’ additional demands.