Air Liquide inaugurates new Head Office for its Malaysia operations
The event was attended by (from left to right) His Excellency Roland Galharague, the Ambassador of France to Malaysia, YB Senator Datuk Lim Ban Hong, Deputy Minister, Minister of International Trade & Industry, Patrick Franchinard, Air Liquide Vice President for the APAC Global Services, YBHG Datuk Bahria Mohd Tamil, Deputy Secretary-General (Investment) and Muhammad Azmi Zulkifli, Chief Executive Officer of InvestKL.

KUALA LUMPUR, 9 February 2022: Air Liquide is building its presence in Malaysia with a new Head Office in 1Power House, Bandar Utama. It will host a total of 450 employees from Air Liquide Malaysia and Cryogenic Tank Services which support the local operations in Malaysia, and APAC Global Services (AGS) head office.

Entering into Malaysia in 1927, Air Liquide’s early operations focused on supporting local industry, providing an array of industrial and medical gases, and engineering services. In recent years, its operations in Malaysia have diversified and grown exponentially, beginning with the addition of the Smart Innovative Operations Centre in 2018, which enables remote management of production Air Liquide Large Industries production units spanning eight countries across the region.

The inauguration of the new head office which was attended by the Deputy Minister of Ministry of International Trade & Industry, YB Senator Datuk Lim Ban Hong and the French Ambassador, His Excellency Roland Galharague marks the continued development of AGS in Malaysia, which provides Shared Services for Air Liquide entities across more than 14 countries in Asia Pacific. The choice of Malaysia to host these key operations allows Air Liquide to tap on the vast digital infrastructure and vibrant talent pool that the country offers to support the region.

The 36,100 sqm office is designed to accommodate this continued rapid growth in Malaysia and will optimise agile working and collaboration as Air Liquide continues to grow its operations in Malaysia to support both its local and regional operations.

Patrick Franchinard, Vice President for the APAC Global Services said, “Our new office at Power House demonstrates our commitment to Malaysia and recognition of the strong infrastructure, pipeline of talent and support rendered by the government. The way we work has evolved as a result of COVID, and we are confident that the space we have built here will be conducive for our teams to grow, collaborate and co-create, making Air Liquide the best place to work in Malaysia.”

YB Senator, Datuk Lim Ban Hong, Deputy Minister, Minister of International Trade & Industry said “Air Liquide’s long-term presence reflects great confidence and reinforces Malaysia as the regional services hub location of choice in Asia. Through their commitment to technology and innovation, Air Liquide’s operations bring immense value to the country towards broadening the ecosystem, boosting economic multipliers, collaborations with local universities and small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs), transferring technology and innovative skills and creating high-skilled jobs. This new office marks a significant milestone of growth, and we aspire to facilitate more attractive innovative and high-tech investments into Malaysia. We look forward to our continued partnership and supporting Air Liquide’s plans and efforts.”

Overall, Air Liquide’s long-standing plans to invest in Malaysia support the key themes of the 12th Malaysia Plan, especially in the area of accelerating technology adoption and innovation; and developing future talent. This is also aligned with InvestKL’s goal of attracting more global multinationals and fast-growing companies engaged in cutting-edge and high-value regional activities into Greater Kuala Lumpur. To date, InvestKL has secured a total of RM 18 billion in committed investments and created over 15,000 executive jobs for Malaysians.

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