Air Liquide China Chairman and CEO honored with Magnolia Silver Award from Shanghai Municipal Government

2017-09-06 18:46 1662

SHANGHAI, Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 6, Air Liquide China Chairman and CEO Marcelo Fioranelli was presented with Magnolia Silver Award by Shanghai Municipal Foreign Affairs Office in Shanghai. Marcelo was among 50 foreigners who received the honor this year.

Magnolia Award Ceremony
Magnolia Award Ceremony

Established by the city government in 1989 and named after Shanghai's official flower, the Magnolia Award recognizes foreign experts' and partners' outstanding contributions to Shanghai's economic and social development.

Commenting on the award, Marcelo said: "It's my great honor to receive the award. It means more than an individual award to me. Rather, it recognizes Air Liquide China's positive brand image as a responsible corporate citizen, and encourages us to continue our long-term commitment to the sustainable development of Shanghai and China as a whole."

Nearly four years ago, Marcelo took charge of Air Liquide China which is headquartered in Shanghai. Under his leadership, the company adopted the new strategy in China of "striving for excellence" -- to pursue profitable and sustainable growth over the long term. Today, this initiative is also fully aligned with Air Liquide Group's new company strategy introduced in 2016.

Over the past four years, Air Liquide China has seen many significant business achievements including an increased focus on business opportunities helping customers optimize energy conversion and efficiency. The company has secured several key partnerships with customers in the oil and gas, metals, fiber optics, and is continually upgrading its facilities and materials offerings for electronics industry. As an expansion from hospital to home healthcare, Air Liquide China recently introduced diabetes infusion therapy to meet home healthcare patient needs. In 2016, Air Liquide Shanghai Research & Technology Center was launched to support innovation and sustainable development in China.

Besides advocating an environmentally-friendly and customer-centric mindset through innovative products and solutions, Marcelo also attaches great importance to corporate social responsibility (CSR). With his strong support, Air Liquide China now promotes a series of CSR activities under the "Air Liquide Care" program. These include "Road Safety Lectures", "Marathon First Responder Program", the "Green Action" annual tree-planting, and the computer recycling and donation program "Air Liquide Computer Classroom".

Air Liquide in China

Air Liquide China operates nearly 90 plants and employs more than 4,000 employees today. With a strong presence in the key coastal industrial areas, Air Liquide China is now expanding into the center, south and west. Its main business activities include industrial and medical gas operations, Engineering & Construction (designing, manufacturing and installing air separation units/hydrogen facilities), as well as innovation activities.

Air Liquide

The world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 65,000 employees and serves more than 3 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide's scientific territory and have been at the core of the company's activities since its creation in 1902.

Air Liquide's ambition is to lead its industry, deliver long term performance and contribute to sustainability. The company's customer-centric transformation strategy aims at profitable growth over the long term. It relies on operational excellence, selective investments, open innovation and a network organization implemented by the Group worldwide. Through the commitment and inventiveness of its people, Air Liquide leverages energy and environment transition, changes in healthcare and digitization, and delivers greater value to all its stakeholders.

Air Liquide's revenue amounted to 18.1 billion Euro in 2016 and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, EURO STOXX 50 and FTSE4Good indexes.

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Source: Air Liquide China