The rise of open research and development (R&D) and collaborative research projects in the industrial gases business is ‘a positive step forward’ according to Bertrand Saraux, Vice-President of Industrial Gas Merchant at Air Liquide.
Saraux was responding to the question, ‘are we spending enough on R&D?’ following his presentation at gasworld’s Europe Industrial Gas Conference 2015 in Budapest, Hungary.
He explained that open R&D is ‘a positive step forward’ for the industry and appeared to suggest that, during times when the industry’s revenues and margins are increasingly under scrutiny, enough investment was indeed being made in the areas of R&D and innovation.
Saraux and Spiritus Group’s Nigel Lewis had earlier discussed the importance of innovation in the industry, and Europe in particular, during their respective keynote presentations at the event.
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