Messer: 2,000 gas tanks in ten years
Industrial gases specialist Messer has bought its 2000th cryogenic storage tank for liquid gases from its partner Chart Ferox a.s., a tank manufacturer in Děčin, Czech Republic. The two companies have been cooperating since 2006, during which time they have jointly developed a European tank standard. “Standardisation was a quantum leap for us at the time,” says Christoph Launer, responsible for Logistics, Gas Procurement and Filling at Messer. “This allows us to implement customer projects quickly in all European countries.” The prominent white tanks, measuring up to 14 metres in height and featuring the “Gases for Life” logo, are mostly installed on the sites of industrial customers of the family company Messer, where they can be filled by our gas tankers. The tanks are used as product storage tanks for liquid oxygen, nitrogen, argon or carbon dioxide. As a rule, they remain the property of Messer. “Sometimes they can also be seen in cities like Berlin or Düsseldorf, for instance when nitrogen is being used during subway construction in order to freeze the ground and keep it stable,” Christoph Launer explains.
Industrial gases are needed in medicine, pharmaceutics, welding and the food industry, as well as the manufacture of glass and steel. Medium-sized quantities are supplied in tankers, from which the tanks are filled directly.