Air Liquide has strengthened its position in the homecare industry by buying Nord Service Projects GmbH in Germany, and Aiolos Medical in Sweden, who both together serve over 10,000 patients.

Commenting on these developments, Jean-Marc de Royere, a member of the Air Liquide executive committee and CEO of the Group's Healthcare division, said: "In line with our strategy, our teams serve the new requirements of health systems across Europe. Beyond this base, the Group\\$quot;s healthcare teams extend these skills to many countries where Air Liquide is already established."

In 2005 the healthcare activities of the Air Liquide Group generated a turnover of €1,395m, and served 300,000 homecare patients.