1.1 Definition and scope of the study
Medical gases are mainly used in hospitals. They are used to cure, relieve pain, anaesthetize and improve respiratory functions.
The medical gases sub-segment is included in the broader industrial gases segment of manufactured gases, from the distillation of air . These include, for example oxygen, nitrogen, argon, helium, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and other noble gases . Thanks to their physical and chemical properties, they are used in the majority of industrial sectors: health (therapeutic gases for anaesthesia, intensive care, pneumology, surgery, etc.), food industry (soft drinks for example), metallurgy, electronics, petrochemistry, etc.
Medical gases are grouped into three categories:
- Medicinal gases that act as drugs (Oxygen (O 2 ), nitrous oxide (N 2 O), nitric oxide, etc.);
- Medical device gases (CO2, N2O, etc.);
- Non-status gases.
The medical gas market is dominated by international industrial gas producers and distributors, leaving very little room for new entrants. Most of the independent players have been bought out by the major groups as part of their diversification strategies over the last 10 years. The various players in the medical gas sector are therefore players more generally in the industrial gas sector who favour international growth. This growth is achieved through conquest of emerging markets and major efforts to R
The French market is dynamic and has been growing for several years. The growth is notably motivated by the ageing of the population and the increase in chronic diseases
The french market leader is Air Liquide Santé - France, an Air Liquide subsidiary specializing in the manufacture of medical gases. Air Liquide Santé France had a turnover of 155.6 million euros in 2019. The main challenge of the medical gas producer market is to be able to adapt to various contemporary issues such as the increase in chronic diseases or global warming
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