Air Liquide is further accelerating its digital transformation with the global deployment of its bulk gases supply chain digitisation programme, Integrated Bulk Operations (IBO).

Created in 2017 with the objective of optimising the bulk supply chain from end to end, Air Liquide launched five key pilot projects in Canada, the US, France, Germany and China. 

They were supported by Air Liquide R&D, Digital and IT teams, which worked in collaboration to develop and industrialise tailor made digital solutions.

By digitally connecting assets throughout the supply chain, from production plants and trucks to tanks at customer sites, Air Liquide said it collects and analyses data to deliver always better customer experience, higher operational performance and lower carbon footprint through:

  • Predictive analysis of the customer demand based on his consumption pattern and product inventory
  • Product sourcing optimisation based on production costs and plant location
  • Truck trip optimisation to minimise transport costs and carbon footprint
  • Real time customer information of the delivery

Matthieu Giard, Vice-President and Executive Committee Member of Air Liquide Group, supervising the Industrial Merchant business line, said, “Industrial Merchant is at the same time, the Air Liquide historical core business and a business that changes fast leveraging data and digital.

“The deployment of our bulk gases supply chain digitisation program IBO, on a global scale, is a new and significant step in the Air Liquide customer-centric transformation.”

“Customers will now benefit from a service that guarantees greater safety and reliability, in the context of an approach that also helps to reduce the overall carbon footprint.”