Air Liquide : Germany : Major Contract with ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe

  Air Liquide : Germany : Major Contract with ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe

Business Wire

PARIS & DÜSSELDORF, Germany -- February 10, 2014

Regulatory News:

Air Liquide (Paris:AI) is further strengthening its position in Germany by
signing a major long-term supply contract with ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG 
in the Rhine-Ruhr area, one of the largest and leading industrial basins in

Deliveries under the agreement include 4,600 tonnes per day of oxygen, plus
nitrogen and argon, which will be supplied to ThyssenKrupp´s steelworks based
in the Duisburg  cluster, the largest steel production region in Europe,
supplying notably the needs of the automotive industry in Germany.

Oxygen, nitrogen and argon are required by the steel industry for a number of
applications, ranging from air enrichment for blast furnaces to oxygen
steelmaking processes. The use of these gases helps to improve the
productivity and energy performance of steelworks whilst reducing atmospheric

The gases will be supplied via Air Liquide’s 500 kilometer local pipeline
network, which already serves customers in the steel, chemical and
petrochemical industries in the Rhine-Ruhr area. This pipeline is fed by Air
Liquide AirSeparation Units, including Germany’s largest oxygen production
plant (with a capacity of 2,400 tonnes per day), which was started up by Air
Liquide in 2012.

A pipeline gas supply operated non-stop is the most efficient and reliable way
of delivering gases to large industrial customers. The AirLiquide group
operates more than 9,000 km of gas pipelines all over the world.

Dr. Herbert Eichelkraut, Member of the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp Steel
Europe AG, said: “As a producer of premium carbon steel flat products,
ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe fulfills its customers' demanding requirements. Our
high quality standards as well as our large-scale production facilities also
imply enormous challenges for the industrial gas supplier. Therefore,
ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe has chosen Air Liquide and its production network as
one of its strategic partners.”

Guy Salzgeber, Vice-President, Western Europe and member of Air Liquide’s
Executive Committee, commented: “This new contract marks a further step in our
longstanding cooperative relationship with ThyssenKrupp, one of the leading
producers of steel in Europe. We are proud to have been selected as a key
provider in the metal industry and look forward to bolstering our relationship
with Germany’s largest steelmaker. This milestone illustrates our strategy of
expanding in industrial basins and our ability to capitalize on our existing
assets to gain new markets.”

Air Liquide in Germany
has around 4,000 employees and serves about 300,000 customers. Revenue in 2012
came to approximately
€ 2 billion. Present in Germany’s major industrial basins, Air Liquide
supplies a number of industries such as aeronautics, automotive, food &
beverages, chemicals, defence, electronics, energy, metallurgy, mining, metal
fabrication as well as healthcare customers.

The Large Industries business line
offers gas and energy solutions that improve process efficiency and help
achieve greater respect for the environment, mainly in the refining and
natural gas, chemicals, metals and energy markets. In 2012, revenues were €
5,015 million.

World leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air
Liquide is present in 80 countries with close to 50,000 employees and serves
more than 2 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen have
been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902. Air
Liquide’s ambition is to be the leader in its industry, delivering long-term
performance and acting responsibly.

Air Liquide ideas create value over the long term. At the core of the
company’s development are the commitment and constant inventiveness of its

Air Liquide anticipates the challenges of its markets, invests locally and
globally, and delivers high-quality solutions to its customers and patients,
and the scientific community.

The company relies on competitiveness in its operations, targeted investments
in growing markets and innovation to deliver profitable growth over the

Air Liquide’s revenues amounted to € 15.3 billion in 2012, and its solutions
that protect life and the environment represented around 40% of sales. Air
Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and is
a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.

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