Air Liquide has announced it has struck deals to acquire two Poland-based home healthcare companies – HELP! and Ventamed.

Poland is one of the largest countries in the European Union, with steady economic growth. It offers development opportunities in industrial and healthcare markets. In this context, Air Liquide is expanding its home healthcare activity in this country with the acquisition of two companies: HELP! and Ventamed.

These acquisitions will enable Air Liquide to provide its home healthcare services nationwide to patients who suffer from chronic respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sleep apnea, or conditions requiring mechanical ventilation.

Founded twenty years ago, HELP! is a specialist in home respiratory healthcare and the leader of home-based ventilation in Poland, covering most of the Polish Counties. Ventamed also specialises in home ventilation services. It covers the western part of the country.

Together, the two companies have around 20 employees. With these two acquisitions,Air Liquide becomes one of the key players in the home healthcaremarket in Poland.

Pascal Vinet, Vice President, Healthcare Global Operations and member of the

Air Liquide Group Executive Committee, commented, “Since 2005, Air Liquide has been developing its home healthcare activity in Poland, with services for patients suffering from sleep apnea or requiring long-term oxygen therapy. We will now benefit from the expertise and commitment of HELP! and Ventamed’s teams. These two acquisitions give us a leadership position in the segment of home ventilation and reinforce our presence in Eastern Europe.”