On November 13, 2017, a delegation from the French Embassy in the United States visited the R&D Center of Air Liquide in Newark, DE.
Consul General of France for the Mid-Atlantic region, Michel Charbonnier, accompanied by representatives from the economic, scientific and space departments, were welcomed by Henri Chevrel, VP R&D Americas and President of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Chapter.
The U.S. is a key market for Air Liquide.
In the US alone, the company employs nearly 20,000 people and has invested $17 billion over the past 5 years. Also worth mentioning, is its acquisition of industrial gas distributor Airgas in 2016 for over $13.4 B, one of the largest investments ever made by a French company in the United States.
R&D is at the heart of Air Liquide’s development strategy and the U.S. represents 20% of their annual R&D spending. The Newark center is one of nine R&D centers operated by Air Liquide around the world. It employs roughly 140 people of 21 different nationalities, and over 50 % or researchers are Ph.D holders.
Air Liquide illustrates a fundamental aspect of the French-American economic partnership: France is the second source of R&D investment in the U.S. manufacturing sector, while the U.S. is the first source of foreign R&D in France.
Among the Newark center’s various projects are water treatment, semiconductors, gas separation membrane manufacturing including for aerospace application, CO2 mitigation in cement processing and telemedicine.