Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2014

Airgas, Inc.

by Eric Van den Steen and Jason Karl


In 2013, Airgas was the market leader in packaged industrial gas distribution. Recent acquisitions had made it into a larger player in upstream gas production as well, where it competed with Praxair and Air Products. Should Airgas continue building a position in gas production or divest these activities?

Keywords: Strategy; Competitive Advantage; Competitive Strategy; Competency and Skills; Value Creation;


Van den Steen, Eric, and Jason Karl. "Airgas, Inc." Harvard Business School Case 714-517, June 2014.