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Messer - Geschäftsbericht 2008

Special: 44 years economic history
Messer has become the majority shareholder in ASCO Carbon Dioxide Ltd. in New Zealand after signing a share purchase agreement.
Messer has become the majority shareholder in ASCO Carbon Dioxide Ltd. in New Zealand after signing a share purchase agreement.

 
Almost 25 metres long: an air separation plant component being transported to Visp in Switzerland.
Almost 25 metres long: an air separation plant component being transported to Visp in Switzerland.

 
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July

Contract signing: majority stake in ASCO Carbon Dioxide Ltd. in New Zealand

On 4 July 2008, Messer signed a purchase agreement through ASCO Kohlensäure AG to acquire a 51% majority stake in ASCO in New Zealand, ASCO Carbon Dioxide Ltd. ASCO builds CO2 production units in New Zealand, primarily for markets in which carbon dioxide cannot be produced as a by-product from petrochemical plants, ammonia plants or bioethanol plants. The head office of ASCO Kohlensäure AG is located in the Swiss town of Romanshorn.

Thomas Trachsel, previous sole owner of ASCO Carbon Dioxide and former sole owner and CEO of ASCO Kohlensäure AG based in Romanshorn, Switzerland, will continue to hold a 49% stake in ASCO in New Zealand via his holding company ASCOSWISS AG. In the middle of 2007, Messer had already acquired the majority stake in ASCO Kohlensäure AG from Thomas Trachsel via its Swiss subsidiary Messer Schweiz AG. By signing the new share purchase agreement, Messer has also secured the global rights to use the ASCO brand.

Components from China to Switzerland

When HGVs carrying air separation plant components for the Swiss company Lonza set off on their journey from Basel to Visp on 22 July 2008, they had already come halfway round the world. The convoy had already completed a 45-day sea voyage from Shanghai to Rotterdam as well as a 900-kilometre journey from the Netherlands to the Upper Rhine. Its cargo: aluminium giants, measuring up to 25 metres in length and weighing a total of over 100 tonnes. In Visp, the components were welded together to form a column and then lifted into the tower of the air separation plant. Since then, the air separator on the site of Lonza AG has been the highest structure in the Rhône valley area of the Swiss canton of Valais.

 


 

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