Tier One company, Air Liquide, has reinforced its position in China after inaugurating its new Shanghai Research and Technology Centre (SRTC) and celebrating the 20-year anniversary of its engineering and construction facilities in Hangzhou.

The inauguration of the SRTC, located in the Shanghai Xinzhuang Industrial Park, took place on 25th February 2016, and will become a major centre for the group’s innovation in the Asia-Pacific region.

We are extremely pleased to simultaneously celebrate these two events in Shanghai and in Hangzhou, illustrating commitment to grow in China over the long term.

Air Liquide has invested around €25m ($27.5m) in the new site, which will address energy transition, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction, waste water treatment, urban air quality, food safety and healthcare for its North Pacific rim customers. 

Additionally, the industrial gas giant celebrated the 20-year anniversary of its engineering and construction site in Hangzhou. It is specialised in designing, manufacturing and constructing multiple facilities such as air separation units (ASUs) and syngas purification units for both its Chinese and worldwide clients.

François Darchis, Senior Vice President and member of the Air Liquide group’s Executive Committee supervising Innovation, commented, “We are extremely pleased to simultaneously celebrate these two events in Shanghai and in Hangzhou, illustrating commitment to grow in China over the long term.”

Air liquide technological showcase

“This has been made possible with the help of the local authorities, partnerships with our customers, and connections with academia and more generally, with the innovation ecosystems.”

Air Liquide also signed a contract with Chinese outfit Xinneng Energy last month, which will see it invest more then €60m ($65m) in a new ASU to produce up to 2,700t of oxygen (O2) per day, sticking its proverbial flag further into Chinese soil.