MONTREAL, Nov. 24, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Liquide Canada, a subsidiary of the Air Liquide Group, a world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, today announced that it has acquired 100% of the shares in Trois-Rivières-based Oxygène Pro-Tech Inc. and Rimouski-based Métalox (2000) Inc. Both companies are Canadian-owned independent distributors based in Quebec and specializing in the distribution of industrial gases and welding equipment.
Bernard Gladu, General Manager, Quebec Region at Air Liquide Canada said: "We are very pleased to welcome to Air Liquide employees and customers of two very well-established businesses such as Oxygène Pro-Tech and Métalox 2000. Both distributors are renowned for offering excellent customer service, which aligns with our strategy to be closer to our customers while allowing us to strengthen our presence in targeted local markets."
As a result of these acquisitions, the management and teams in place at both Métalox (2000) and Oxygène Pro-Tech will become employees of Air Liquide Canada. Customers will continue to receive the same service they are used to while benefiting from innovative solutions available at Air Liquide.
About Oxygène Pro-Tech
Established in 1996, Oxygène Pro-Tech is an independent distributor of Air Liquide industrial gases and a wide range of welding products and equipment. The company also provides specialized services and training in the Trois-Rivières region. The dedicated team of welding experts at Oxygène Pro-Tech are renowned for their metallurgy skills and have a proven track record in superior customer service.
About Métalox (2000)
Founded in 1975, Métalox 2000 is a local distributor of Air Liquide industrial gases and a variety of welding products and equipment. A long-established company based in Rimouski, Métalox 2000 is well-known for offering quality service that is both personalized and reliable.
About Air Liquide Canada
Founded in 1911, Air Liquide in Canada has more than 2,200 employees and serves more than 90,000 customers. Located in key industrial regions from coast to coast, Air Liquide Canada supplies the aeronautics, automobile, agri-food, chemical, defence, electronics, energy, metallurgy, metal fabrication, mining and healthcare industries.
World leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with more than 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 people.
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 long-term.
Air Liquide's revenues amounted to € 15.2 billion in 2013, 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.
SOURCE: Air Liquide Canada
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