Over the last month, Messer GmbH has put three new air separation plants into operation. Located in the western Chinese province of Sichuan, the investment totals approximately €80m.

Stefan Messer, Owner and CEO of Messer Group commented on the investment trio. He said,  “The opening of the new facilities not only strengthens our relationship with Panzhihua Iron and Steel Group, our long-standing Chinese partner, but also consolidates Messer’s leading position in the regional market.”

Two of the three facilities will each produce around 30,000 normal cubic metres of air gases such as argon, oxygen and nitrogen per hour, and will supply the new steel plant operated by Panzhihua Iron and Steel Group (PG) in Xichang.

Meanwhile, the third facility has a capacity of 40,000 normal cubic metres per hour. Messer plans to meet PG’s growing demand in Panzhihua with the additional capacity. The company is also confident that it will enable a more reliable and efficient service to its regional customers.

Projects in the pipeline

Various other Messer projects in China are currently in the construction phase. In Chengdu, an air separation unit with a capacity of 528 tonnes a day will go into operation at the end of the year. This will allow Messer to guarantee a better supply to its existing customers as well as the rapidly growing electronics industry.

In Chongqing, the start-up of an air separation unit for 10,000 normal cubic metres of air gases per hour and a liquefier for 300 tonnes of liquefied gases per day is planned for the coming year. The facilities are being built in the economic and technological development zone of the municipal district of Changshou and will supply chemical manufacturers in the vicinity with industrial gases.

Similarly, in Yunnan province, an air separation unit for 18,000 normal cubic metres per hour is currently under construction. It will supply Kunming Iron and Steel Group’s plant in Yuxi with gases. And finally, in Haikou, the construction of an air separation unit for 300 tonnes per is scheduled for the near future. Both projects are due to be completed in the next 18 months.

Messer has a sustained investment history in China. It began regional activity in 1994 and presently operates 13 companies nationwide.