Air Liquide Brazil has recently signed two contracts with major regional firms: Coca-Cola bottler FEMSA and Suzano Papel e Celulose, investing nearly $90 million (€70 million) to develop the two projects.

Air Liquide and FEMSA have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and compressed dry air as well as electric power, steam and chilled water for its new bottling plant in Itabirito City located approximately 400 kilometers north of Rio de Janeiro.

FEMSA is the largest bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world and the largest beverage company in Latin America. Air Liquide was already a long-term partner of FEMSA, serving its bottling plant in the Brazilian city of Jundiai and in other countries of South America including Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela.

Carbon dioxide produced at Air Liquide’s new Itabirito plant will also help further develop the industrial market in the southern region of Brazil.

Air Liquide Brazil has also signed a long-term agreement to supply 160 tonnes-per-day of gaseous oxygen to Suzano Papel e Celulose in the city of Imperatriz, in the state of Maranhao in northern Brazil. Suzano is the market leader for paper in Latin America.

The Suzano agreement is for a new Air Separation Unit (ASU) slated for start up at the end of 2013. The ASU will also produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon for the region’s mining, iron and steel industries as well as the healthcare sector. This agreement marks Air Liquide’s expansion in northern Brazil.

Michael Graff, Air Liquide Executive Committee Member and Vice President for the Americas, commented: “Air Liquide is proud to serve the growing needs of major companies like FEMSA and Suzano, and to help drive sustained economic growth in this rapidly developing region of the world. Developing economies are a growth driver for Air Liquide.”

Air Liquide Brazil is one of the country’s largest industrial gas companies, employing more than 1,050 people in over 44 locations to serve customers in the steel, petrochemical, glass, paper, electronics and food industry sectors as well as the healthcare market.

Air Liquide Brazil is positioned to meet the growing needs of the region and its diverse base of customers with products, services and technologies to help industry improve efficiency and productivity.