Privately-owned industrial gas specialist the Messer Group has entered into a joint venture project that will see the company invest in its first production plant in China for liquid carbon dioxide.

Messer has entered the joint venture with Sichuan Meifeng, a Chinese chemicals company listed on the stock exchange. The two companies will establish Sichuan Meifeng Messer Gas Products.

The new company will invest just over €7 million (US$9.4m approx.) in annually producing around 100,000 tons of liquid carbon dioxide (LCO2) from industrial CO2 waste gases. It will supply the CO2 crude gas for liquefaction, to be purified to produce food grade CO2. From mid-2014, Sichuan Meifeng Messer plans to supply LCO2 and dry ice to customers in the food and beverages sector, as well as the fields of manufacturing and environmental protection.

Zhang Defu, business development director at Messer in China, commented, “By converting CO2 waste gases to a product which can be utilized in various industries, the new plant will be an outstanding example of how commercial interests and environmental protection can operate in harmony.”