BOC, a Member of The Linde Group: a solid foundation for growth
The Healthcare business covers BOC’s medical gases, services, devices and care operations. Here, the Linde Group continued on its steady growth path, with sales rising 4.2 percent to EUR 1.130bn (2009: EUR 1.084bn). Healthcare is a continuing global megatrend. Demographic shifts, improved diagnostic and therapy options – particularly for chronic ailments – and better patient access to these new forms of care are the main drivers in this fast-growing market.
BOC’s healthcare business covers Hospital Care and Homecare. Hospital Care supplies hospitals with medical gases, services and related equipment, while Homecare concentrates on medical gases, services and devices for patients in settings other than hospitals.
Sales in the Hospital Care division rose by 4.7 percent to EUR 847m (2009: EUR 809m), allowing the Linde Group to strengthen its position in key markets such as Asia and South America.