Preview: Editor’s Picks – My Top 10 from 2021


What a year it has been for the global industrial gas and equipment business. We reflected 12 months ago that we envisaged 2021 to be a year of change and empowerment, and so it has proven.

For all of the familiar pinch points we’ve seen and become used to, across helium and carbon dioxide supply chains for example, we’ve also seen great progress made in circular economies and decarbonisation – both of the industry and as a result of our industry.

And just in the last several weeks, we’ve seen two huge stories announced from the very top echelons of the industry; succession planning has been firmly underway at Linde plc and Air Liquide, respectively, with Sanjiv Lamba set to become CEO of Linde from 1st March (2022) and François Jackow to succeed Benoît Potier as CEO of Air Liquide from 1st June.

As I’ve written before, this is a whole new period for the industry. It feels very much as though the industrial and specialty gas ecosystem of today and tomorrow is being re-imagined and reinvigorated before our eyes.

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