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Airgas Launches New Line of RADNOR® Welding Helmets Featuring 3M™ Speedglas™ Technology

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Airgas®, an Air Liquide company and a leading supplier of safety and welding products, is partnering with 3M, a leader in personal protective equipment solutions, to launch a newly branded line of RADNOR® welding helmets and accessories using 3M™ Speedglas™ technology. This new welding helmet line is a first-of-its-kind collaboration and brings remarkable rugged, reliable and enhanced welding performance to today’s welder at an affordable price point. The RADNOR welding helmets made by 3M Speedglas are designed for all-day comfort, with comfortable headgear, larger viewing areas and longer battery life.

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Airgas RADNOR® Welding Helmets Made by 3M™ Speedglas™ (Photo: Business Wire)

Airgas RADNOR® Welding Helmets Made by 3M™ Speedglas™ (Photo: Business Wire)

Lenses using 3M’s proprietary Speedglas technology help welders clearly see the arc of the weld. The professional-grade helmets are lightweight so welders stay comfortable while hitting daily goals.

The new helmets are arriving in Airgas’ 900+ retail locations this spring and are also available via the Airgas Total Access® telesales channel and online at

Rob Tessier, National Director – Advanced Fabrication, Airgas: “We rely on welders to build—our bridges, cars, spaceships and more—while wearing the equipment to help keep them protected. It is important that welders benefit directly from technological advances, including in personal protective equipment. We are thrilled to work with 3M to make an affordable, innovative and comfortable RADNOR welding helmet available for all.”

Jason Grouette, Vice President, USA & Canada, 3M Personal Safety Division: “We’ve committed ourselves to developing products that help improve the productivity and comfort of welders while helping protect them from the hazards of their trade. From the first ground-breaking auto-darkening welding helmet in 1981 to our current lineup of state-of-the-art welding safety products, we continue to revolutionize the space. This exciting RADNOR® made by 3M™ Speedglas™ collaboration with Airgas provides a tremendous opportunity to get 3M™ Speedglas™ welding safety products into the hands of more welders.”

Airgas, Inc.

Airgas®, an Air Liquide company, is a leading U.S. supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases, as well as hardgoods and related products; one of the largest U.S. suppliers of safety products; and a leading U.S. supplier of ammonia products and process chemicals.

Dedicated to improving the performance of its more than 1 million customers, Airgas safely and reliably provides products, services and expertise through its more than 18,000 associates, over 1,400 locations, robust e-Business platform, and Airgas Total Access® telesales channel.

As an Air Liquide company, a world leader in gases, technology and services for Industry and Health, Airgas offers customers an unrivaled global footprint and industry-leading technology and innovations.

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3M applies science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, the company’s more than 90,000 employees connect with customers globally. 3M invests about 6 percent of its sales into research and development – an investment that helps produce more than 3,000 patents each year. With 51 technology platforms, our products are used in a wide range of industries including healthcare, automotive and manufacturing. 3M’s more than 8,000 scientists around the world share and combine technologies across all the company’s businesses to create a steady stream of unique products for customers.


A world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 78 countries with approximately 64,500 employees and serves more than 3.8 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.

Air Liquide’s ambition is to be a leader in its industry, deliver long term performance and contribute to sustainability – with a strong commitment to climate change and energy transition at the heart of its strategy. The company’s customer-centric transformation strategy aims at profitable, regular and responsible growth over the long term. It relies on operational excellence, selective investments, open innovation and a network organization implemented by the Group worldwide. Through the commitment and inventiveness of its people, Air Liquide leverages energy and environment transition, changes in healthcare and digitization, and delivers greater value to all its stakeholders.

Air Liquide’s revenue amounted to more than 20 billion euros in 2020. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, EURO STOXX 50 and FTSE4Good indexes.