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Industrial gases specialist Messer is one of Germany’s leading innovators

Industrial gases specialist Messer is one of Germany’s leading innovators

Messer, largest family-run industrial gases specialist worldwide, is one of “Germany’s leading innovators”. This is the conclusion of a joint study carried out by economic institutes ‘Prognos’ and ‘IMWF Institut für Management- und Wirtschaftsforschung’ on behalf of ‘F.A.Z-Institut’. At the family-owned company Messer, sustainable and value-based action is the basis for innovation. “Technical expertise, innovation, flexibility and quick decision-making are the key elements of our approach,” owner Stefan Messer emphasizes, adding: “In state-of-the-art competence centres, our experts work together with customers to develop new application technologies for the use of gases.”

The aim of the study, carried out in six steps, was to provide a unique overview of Germany’s leading innovators. Its scope of investigation covered a total of 33,000 companies in Germany. The study was based on data from the European Patent Office (EPO) Worldwide Patent Statistical Database. Over 100 million patents from all the leading industrialized and developing countries, in other words all the economically significant nations on earth, are stored in this database.

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  • Stefan Messer, owner and CEO of the Messer Group GmbH

  • In state-of-the-art competence centres, experts from Messer work together with customers to develop new application technologies for the use of gases. The competence centre’s Food section is a reflection of the wider food industry in that it has a particularly broad range of facilities and installations. This includes cryogenic chilling and freezing equipment, a packaging machine complete with gas mixer, a mixer with Messer patented Clapet nozzles and a pelletizer for producing frozen product pellets.

  • In the Chemistry and Environment segment Messer has an extensive portfolio of proven technologies which are constantly developed. The new competence centre in Krefeld, Germany, serves working out specific solutions for individual industrial applications and also offers rental equipment such as a compact injector, which is used to feed oxygen into clarifiers.

  • A specialised competence centre’s function covers the stage between research and development under laboratory conditions on the one hand and industrial application on the other. The whole cold grinding facility serves as a reference as it is designed along the lines of a production facility. The results obtained in the cold grinding facility can be applied to large-scale production.

  • The new competence centre of Messer in Krefeld serves as a hub for testing gas application technologies in the areas of Food, Industrial Cryogenic Applications, Cutting & Welding, and Chemistry & Environment. The main focus in the field of welding and cutting is on training, instruction and troubleshooting. Therefore welding equipment for all commonly used welding methods are available.

Stefan Messer, owner and CEO of the Messer Group GmbH
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In state-of-the-art competence centres, experts from Messer work together with customers to develop new application technologies for the use of gases...
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In the Chemistry and Environment segment Messer has an extensive portfolio of proven technologies which are constantly developed...
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A specialised competence centre’s function covers the stage between research and development under laboratory conditions on the one hand and industrial application on the other...
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The new competence centre of Messer in Krefeld serves as a hub for testing gas application technologies in the areas of Food, Industrial Cryogenic Applications, Cutting & Welding, and Chemistry & Environment...
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Diana Buss

Corporate Communications

Senior Vice President Communications

+49 2151 7811-251

+49 2151 7811-598

diana.buss@messergroup.com

Angela Giesen

Corporate Communications

Senior Specialist Public Relations

+49 2151 7811-331

+49 2151 7811-598

angela.giesen@messergroup.com

Key figures

Supervisory board

From left to right:

Dr Karl-Gerhard Seifert, AllessaChemie GmbH

Dr Bodo LüttgeDeputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Messer Group GmbH, formerly EPCOS AG

Heike Niehues, Webasto Thermo & Comfort SE

Dr Jürgen Heraeus, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Messer Group GmbH, Heraeus Holding GmbH

Dr Nathalie von SiemensSiemens Foundation

Dr Werner Breuers, ICB Deutschland GmbH

 

Management board

Stefan Messer (center), Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Uwe Bechtolf (left), Chief Financial Officer

Ernst Bode (right), Chief Operating Officer Europe

  1. 1897

    The beginning and rapid growth

    Adolf Messer founds Frankfurter Acetylen-GasGesellschaft Messer & Cie. in Höchst for the manufacture of acetylene generators and lighting appliances

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  2. 1902

    The beginning and rapid growth

    Ernst Wiss develops first hydrogen-oxygen cutting torch at Griesheim-Elektron. This is followed by equipment and machinery for oxyfuel welding and cutting

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  3. 1907

    The beginning and rapid growth

    Start-up of first oxygen plant by Chemische Fabrik Griesheim-Elektron

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  4. 1964

    Evolution into a global enterprise

    Birth of Messer Griesheim GmbH under Hans Messer. Merger of Adolf Messer GmbH with parts of KnapsackGriesheim AG belonging to Hoechst

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  5. 1965

    Evolution into a global enterprise

    Expansion into Western Europe and North America

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  6. 1989

    Evolution into a global enterprise

    Expansion into Eastern and Central Europe

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  7. 1994

    Evolution into a global enterprise

    Entry into China and rapid expansion

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  8. 2001

    Evolution into a global enterprise

    Goldman Sachs Funds and Allianz Capital Partners buy the Hoechst (Aventis) shares

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  9. 2004

    The way forward, back into family ownership

    Founding of Messer Group GmbH: Messer is once again wholly owned by the Messer family

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  10. 2005

    The way forward, back into family ownership

    The welding and cutting division is once again wholly owned by the Messer family

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  11. 2006

    The way forward, back into family ownership

    Sales exceed one billion euros for the first time: Messer Group and Messer Eutectic Castolin. Expansion of activities in Europe and Asia

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  12. 2008

    The way forward, back into family ownership

    Founding of Messer Industriegase GmbH in Germany

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  13. 2011

    The way forward, back into family ownership

    Move to joint company headquarters in Bad Soden

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  14. 2014

    The way forward, back into family ownership

    Tenth anniversary of the Messer Group GmbH

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  15. 2018

    The way forward, back into family ownership

    Passion for air runs in the family: 120th anniversary of Messer

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  16. 2019

    The way forward, back into family ownership

    Messer Group and CVC Capital Partners jointly acquire significant parts of Linde’s US business, the Linde operations in Canada, Brazil and Colombia, and the Praxair operations in Chile.

Publications of the Messer Group

Press Releases

Here you will find the latest corporate news, press photos and the news archive.

Technical articles

Here you will find detailed articles on various gases applications and procedures.

Customer magazine

The magazine for industrial gases, has been designed for readers who want to know more about the diversity of our business: clearly written and well illustrated. It is important for us to inspire different people for the world of gases - from technical experts to inquisitive students. Because gases are as important as water and electricity in their daily lives.

Specialist brochures

The know-how about our products and the specific applications and processes in which our gases are used, we have summarized in specialist brochures: We hold around 70 specialist brochures on various topics for you.

Image brochures

In its image publications, Messer presents the wide range of applications and characteristics of the "Gases for Life" and provides information on industrial gases, their extraction, transport and the family business.

Annual reports

Here you can find Messer's annual reports. Flanking sketches by historian Dr. Jörg Lesczenski describe the economic environment in which the family company moved over the years.

Advertisements

Here you can find Messer's advertisement campaigns.

100 per cent Messer

Jörg Lesczensk  tells informatively and concisely the unusual tale of a family business that once seemed lost – yet in the end could be successfully relaunched.

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Messer Group, Bad Soden, Germany
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Messer Group, Krefeld, Germany

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