Air Liquide has opened a new R&D and technology centre in the United States. The new centre is located on a 22-hectare site in Newark, Delaware, approximately 50km south of Philadelphia. As part of the worldwide Group's R&D network, its teams will build on the multicultural skills and top university and scientific talent present in the United States.

The centre is designed to give fresh momentum to the Group's R&D and technology operations for the 72 countries where Air Liquide is present. Based in the US, it will benefit from this dynamic market and will soon employ 150 people from over 14 different nationalities. Air Liquide has invested $35m in this centre.

François Darchis, member of the Air Liquide executive committee, said: $quot;This new centre will enable us to accelerate innovation, discover new technologies, and expand into new markets by making use of our employees' wide range of talent, as well as our solid partnerships with customers and research institutes.$quot;