Air Liquide has announced a significant healthcare investment in South Africa, which includes R12m for a fully automated medical gas filling system installed in 2011 at its Alrode plant.
This investment not only allowed improving quality, reliability and safety, it also allowed to conform to South African (SANS) and International standards.
The Strategic Plan of the National Department of Health (DoH) for 2010/11-2012/13 led the country into the second year of the implementation of the 10 Point Plan of the health sector for 2009-2014, which is aimed at creating a well-functioning health system capable of producing improved health outcomes.
In addition, the budget of the Department of Health grew by 16% from R18bn in 2009/10 to R21.5bn in 2010/11, with a strong focus on hospital revitalisation and the improvement of quality of health services.
With that in mind, Air Liquide has made its significant investment at the Alrode plant, including a fully automated medical gas filling system. Further still, Air Liquide has also recently inaugurated a new R150m liquid oxygen and nitrogen production unit in Richards’ Bay, with a production capacity of 140 tonnes per day.
“The last three years have been marked by on-going sustainable growth, particularly in the state sector where Air Liquide Healthcare took a proactive position”
Dr Anna Mokgokong, Air Liquide Healthcare
“The last three years have been marked by on-going sustainable growth, particularly in the state sector where Air Liquide Healthcare took a proactive position in assisting the Ministry of Health to implement their Ten Point plan,” said Dr Anna Mokgokong, Community Investments Holding Group Executive Chairperson and Chairperson of Air Liquide Healthcare.
“It remains our ambition to be part of that plan and be a key player in the programme.”
Of the recently inaugurated production unit at Richards’ Bay, Laurent Langellier, CEO of Air Liquide South Africa and Director of Air Liquide sub-Saharan Africa, commented, “This investment, together with our previous investments in the region secures a regional leadership position with a unique reliability of supply.”
“This notably means that local state and private medical customers will enjoy a very reliable supply of medical gases from a world class operations.”
Air Liquide in South Africa
Having started its business in South Africa in 1948, Air Liquide now operates, with more than 700 employees, in the industrial gases (mainly steel, automobile, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and glass), Engineering & Construction, and Healthcare markets.
The company’s main facilities are based in the Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape regions.