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Messer - Geschäftsbericht 2008

Special: 44 years economic history

Dr. Christina Thiele was awarded the Adolf Messer Foundation’s science prize for her research work, which has contributed towards increasing the efficacy of drugs.


The Chinese Messer companies, their employees and the Dr. Hans Messer Social Foundation provided support to the victims of the earthquake disaster in China, helping with the rebuilding of homes and schools.



The Messer name has stood for corporate social responsibility for generations. The foundations that have been established by the Messer family are further proof of this. The Adolf Messer Foundation primarily supports education and science. The Dr. Hans Messer Social Foundation makes donations to help people who find themselves in need through no fault of their own. They are funded by income arising from the foundations’ capital reserves and from donations.

Help for Chinese earthquake victims

On 12 May 2008, a powerful earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale struck China’s south-western province of Sichuan. The epicentre was 80 kilometres north-west of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan. That is where two Messer companies, Sichuan Messer (SiMG) and Chengdu Chenggang Messer (CMG), are based. There was no damage to the installations. However, our six air separators were temporarily shut down for safety reasons. About twelve hours after the earthquake, Messer started the first air separation unit up again. The Messer employees produced and distributed as much medical oxygen as they could for treating the injured. The eleven Chinese Messer companies, their 1,200 employees and the Dr. Hans Messer Social Foundation provided support totalling around 250,000 euros to the families of colleagues to help with the rebuilding of their homes and schools.

‘Malteser’ Migrant Medicine (MMM)

In a hospital in Frankfurt, the German charitable organisation ‘Deutsche Malteser gemeinnützige GmbH’ provides medical care to people without medical insurance free of charge once a week. A doctor and nursing staff volunteer their services for the homeless and for those who are in Germany illegally. The Dr. Hans Messer Social Foundation provided funds for the acquisition of medical equipment.

Transport for ‘Praunheimer Werkstätten’

A special bus adapted for wheelchair users has been acquired for the ‘Praunheimer Werkstätten’ residential home for disabled people in Frankfurt. The vehicle was officially handed over on 15 April 2009 in Frankfurt-am-Main.

Adolf Messer Prize awarded

In 2008, the 50,000-euro science prize of the Adolf Messer Foundation was awarded to Dr. Christina Thiele. The 33 year-old chemist is a researcher at the Technical University of Darmstadt – the institution where Adolf Messer studied mechanical engineering. Christina Thiele received the award for her research work on the “structural determination of organic compounds with residual dipolar couplings”. The central idea behind this work is that the knowledge of existing molecular structures is often an essential prerequisite for their improvement. This makes it possible to optimise materials or catalysts – and increase the efficacy of drugs. Christina Thiele’s results therefore constitute much more than pure basic research. They will also help in the development of new active substances and materials. The Messer family established the Adolf Messer Foundation in 1978 in memory of Senator Dr. Adolf Messer, who would have been 100 years old on 6 April 1978. The foundation has also been awarding an annual prize to a scientist at the Goethe University in Frankfurt since 1994.

Hans Messer Prize awarded

In February 2009, the Frankfurt-am-Main Chamber of Commerce and Industry awarded the 2009 Hans Messer Prize, worth 6,000 euros, to two students. The award acknowledges outstanding academic achievement by graduates of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, with due consideration given to the practical relevance of the student’s graduate thesis and the length of his/her specialised course of study. This year’s prize was shared by Larissa Bichert and Adam Busch. Business Law graduate Larissa Bichert studied commercial law and prepared her thesis on the topic of “Product and Trademark Piracy in China”. We often hear China described as a paradise for counterfeit products. After analysing the relevant Chinese laws, Larissa Bichert came to the conclusion that although the “overall regulatory framework largely conforms” to Western standards, those regulations are poorly enforced. She proposes a number of measures for the protection of intellectual property, including closer international cooperation between the relevant authorities. Mechanical Engineering graduate Adam Busch prepared his thesis on “The Creation of a Generic Test Specification for Door Panels”. This industry-based project was carried out in collaboration with lift maker Schindler Aufzüge AG, based in Ebikon, Switzerland. The project focused on the planning, implementation and evaluation of experimental tests, the use of certain methods of calculation and the definition of a test specification.


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