The French subsidiaries of two German companies, Linde AG and the Messer Group, have recently announced a joint venture called Limes for the purpose of a new production facility.

Limes is investing approximately 20 million euros in a production facility for industrial gases in Saint Herblain, near Nantes, France.

The facility is due to go into operation in the second quarter of 2008, creating around 20 new jobs in the Brittany region.

The air separation plant has a production capacity of 300 tons of nitrogen, oxygen and argon per day.

Many manufacturing companies in western France will benefit from the new source of industrial gases, which will considerably increase the supply of industrial gases available in the region.