In order to ensure optimal access and usage of this site, the explanations given below shall introduce you to the various service features available. To facilitate orientation we have grouped the information according to major categories: “Navigation” provides information on how to access different content areas of the report, “Service” introduces service features that are offered beyond mere content, “Page-specific features” offers information on features which are offered depending on the content of the respective page and are therefore not permanently available.


Click on the language button in order to switch between the available German or English language versions page by page. The language button is showing the alternative language version.

Terms of Use
The Terms of Use contain all relevant legal information concerning the report.


Navigating the report
The navigational tree on the left is the main point of access to the contents of the report. At the top level of the tree are the most important general subjects. More specific subjects are linked to them in a reader-friendly fashion following the same order as the print version of the report, just move from the top level down to up to four sub-levels. You can switch from the Linde Annual to the Financial Report and vice versa by pressing the right button in the header image. Further navigation options available are:

  • Full-text search engine displaying search results in the navigational tree
  • Links in text passages and HTML tables
  • Links referring to related information within this report on the right hand side of the text
  • Links referring to related information outside this report on the right hand side of the text

Full-Text Search
This feature enables you to search the whole report for words or phrases. The ten most important results (ranked by relevance) will be displayed immediately. Each hit in the text of the relevant page is highlighted thus making a quick locating possible. The search header on the top of the page enables a quick switch between the individual results pages; further on it's a quick way to get back to the search results.

Use of search operators 
Using a compound search term by means of logical operators allows a complex search. The following operators can be used:

  • “and” – Entering of two or more search items separated only by blank space allows search of pages containing all of the sought items.
  • “or” – Entering the “|” operator allows the search for documents containing one or several of the search items.
  • “not” – By entering the “-” operator (minus) a certain item can be excluded from the search.

The sitemap lists the most important pages and sub-pages that are available in the report.


The Download-Manager provides you with all pdf and xls files collected for download. These documents can be downloaded either as single sections of the report/single table, or they can comprise the entire document, respectively all the tables collected into one singular Excel file. This joint file allows convenient navigation of its content by a cross-linked table of contents preceding the collected tables. The links are taking you directly to the relevant table, from there another link is taking you back to the table of contents.

Order Service
You will be taken to the website of the respective company, where you may leave your contact details.

Page-specific Features

Print this page 
Click here to print the content of the relevant page; the print preview is displayed in a new browser window. As an option, you may choose to print without - toner-saving - images.

Send this page 
Click here to e-mail this page’s URL; the necessary form will open in a new window.

This feature enables you to save pdf and xls files directly or to collect them from various pages by selecting them for download in zip format. There's also an overview of your selection.

Zoom Feature 
With the zoom function you can have selected tables and selected images displayed in their original size within a new window. Use the functions at the root page for printing or saving these tables.