15 February 2008 13:47 [Source: ICIS news]
By Nigel Davis
LONDON (ICIS news)--Industrial gases giant Air Liquide has not felt any impact of the much talked about economic slowdown or possible US recession on its businesses, company executives said on Friday.
Echoing the sentiments expressed by other senior industry managers this week, including BASF chief executive Jurgen Hambrecht in an interview with the Financial Times on Monday, the Air Liquide executive team suggested that, for the Paris-based company, 2008 would look very much like 2007.
Last year, Air Liquide saw sales climb by 7.8% to reach €11.8bn ($17.3bn). Full year net profits were up 12.1% at €1.1bn.
“Globally we don’t see any slowdown,” chief executive Benoit Potier said.
Based on January data, gases demand in
“We read the same papers and check our volumes each week, senior executive vice-president, Pierre Dufour said.
“We see no downturn in volumes in our businesses in the key regions of the
“So far in the
“We enter the year with most of our markets well oriented, which gives us confidence in Air Liquide’s ability, at constant exchange rates, to achieve double-digit growth in net profit in 2008,” Poitier told investment analysts.
($1 = €0.68)
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