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Messer - Geschäftsbericht 2008

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Since May 2007, Messer has also operated a logistics centre for industrial gases in Siegen.
Since May 2007, Messer has also operated a logistics centre for industrial gases in Siegen.

 
The laying of the foundation stone on 15 May 2008 heralded the start of construction work on a new production facility for air gases on the site of Deutsche Edelstahlwerke in Siegen.
The laying of the foundation stone on 15 May 2008 heralded the start of construction work on a new production facility for air gases on the site of Deutsche Edelstahlwerke in Siegen.

 
A new air separation plant at Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH will produce gaseous oxygen, with the production of gaseous nitrogen also being an option.
A new air separation plant at Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH will produce gaseous oxygen, with the production of gaseous nitrogen also being an option.

 
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May

New distribution centre in Siegen

At the beginning of May, Messer opened a distribution centre – initially under the name Gase.de Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH – in the Weißtal industrial area in Siegen, aimed primarily at serving medium-sized customers. A modern filling plant for industrial gases in steel cylinders has been built at the same location. Messer is investing around three million euros in the new plant, which went into operation in March 2009. Messer has been operating a logistics centre for industrial gases at the Siegen location since May 2007.

 

End of ban on using brand, start of many activities

Following the sale of Messer Griesheim in 2004, Messer was subject to a three-year contractual non-competition clause and a further one-year ban on using the brand in connection with the production and sale of gases in Germany. The expiry, on 7 May 2008, of the ban on using the brand saw the launch of a whole series of events. First up, the change of the company’s name from Gase.de Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH to Messer Industriegase GmbH was announced at a press conference in Frankfurt. Stefan Messer presented his confident sales targets to the assembled journalists. That same evening, he invited owners of family firms, partners, shareholders and supervisory board members in Frankfurt to the “Discover Messer” event. Under this motto, the guests explored the exciting world of gases in a scientific as well as artistic and even culinary way: in themed rooms, the 180 participants were introduced to the argon world of trust, the CO2 world of excellence, the oxygen world of vision, the xenon world of internationality, the nitrogen world of responsibility and the helium world of courage.

Messer Industriegase GmbH: fresh start from “zero”

Since May 7, 2008, Messer has once again been producing and selling technical and medical gases in Germany through its subsidiary Messer Industriegase GmbH. Messer Industriegase GmbH, like its holding company Messer Group GmbH, has its headquarters in Sulzbach near Frankfurt/Main. Primarily, Messer would like to supply gases and gas mixtures to the medium-sized metal working industry as well as laboratories. The fresh start from “zero” was only possible with a great deal of motivation and the help of the holding company. From steel cylinders to tankers – it was necessary to make new investments and gradually build up the business in German core regions. In a changing German market, Messer Industriegase is focusing on the growth of small and medium-sized companies, primarily owner-managed ones. Just like Messer, these businesses focus on values such as trust and credibility as well as on qualities such as courage and flexibility.

Messer invests at Salzgitter AG

Messer signed a contract with Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, a subsidiary of Salzgitter AG, to construct and operate an air separation plant. The contract will run for 15 years. This contract will see Messer investing around 50 million euros in a production facility for oxygen, nitrogen and argon.

The on-site facility at Salzgitter AG will supply over 30,000 standard cubic metres of gaseous oxygen and, optionally, 40,000 standard cubic metres of gaseous nitrogen per hour to the steelworks. In addition, it will produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon to cater for the local market. Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH is planning to expand crude steel production at its Salzgitter site. At the same time, production of electric steel at the location of the subsidiary Peiner Träger GmbH in Peine is also to be increased. More technical oxygen will be needed to ensure that this increase in production is achieved, and Messer will be able to meet this need thanks to the construction of its air separation plant in Salzgitter. The Peine site, which is approximately 30 kilometres away, will be supplied via a new pipeline.

Start of construction on first production unit in Germany

The laying of the foundation stone on 15 May 2008 marked the start of construction on a production facility for air gases on the site of Deutsche Edelstahlwerke in Siegen. Messer is investing 35 million euros in this air separation plant, which as of autumn 2009 will supply a total of 15,000 standard cubic metres per hour of liquid gases such as oxygen, nitrogen and argon. Deutsche Edelstahlwerke receives gaseous oxygen, nitrogen and argon from the plant. The remainder of the plant’s total hourly output of 9,000 standard cubic metres of liquid nitrogen, 6,000 standard cubic metres of liquid oxygen and over 300 standard cubic metres of liquid argon will be used to supply the expanding industrial manufacturing sector in the region around Siegen. Messer has thus secured a long-term partnership with the largest privately managed manufacturer of stainless steel long products – Deutsche Edelstahlwerke.

Further Messer expansion in China

The success story of Messer China continued uninterrupted in 2008. The strong growth of our China business is being made possible by expanding production capacities.

In May 2008, a new air separation plant with a capacity of 20,000 scm/h went into operation at our subsidiary company CMG (Chengdu Cheng Gang Messer, a joint venture with CSST, part of the Panzhihua Steel Group in Sichuan Province). This investment is supporting our pipeline customer’s and partner’s production expansion and will improve the cost-efficiency of our joint venture by virtue of a cost-effective modern plant.

Work also commenced on the construction of another three production facilities.

In collaboration with our partner Xiang Gang, part of the Valin Group, our joint venture XMG (Hunan Xiang Gang Messer) is developing a new production site in Yangjiang in Guangdong Province. The air separator, with a capacity of 15,000 scm/h, will go into operation in the second half of 2009. At the Yuxi location in Yunnan Province, YMG (Yunnan Messer) is building a second plant to supply the steel customer Yuxi Steel. This plant will have a capacity of 10,000 scm/h and will go into operation towards the end of 2009. Our biggest air separation plant to date, with a capacity of 40,000 scm/h, is being built in Xiangtan, Hunan Province. XMG (Hunan Xiang Gang Messer) will open the plant in 2010.

 

 


 

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