Messer has acquired a majority stake in Hans Müller HMP Medizintechnik as the largest family-run industrial gases specialist expands its home care business.

Employing around 165 people, Hans Müller will become part of Messer Medical Home Care Holding and continue to operate under its own name and direction of Managing Director Hans Müller.

The conclusion of the transaction is still subject to regulatory approval by antitrust authorities, Messer said today in a statement.

“With their regional structure, the activities of Hans Müller complement our business,” said Adolf Walth, Executive Vice-President of Sales & Marketing Europe of Messer Group.

Up until now, Messer was operating in the home care sector in Austria, Belgium, France, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.

“We believe it’s important to continue applying the patient-oriented entrepreneurial approach of Hans Müller Medizintechnik,” added Nik De Corte, CEO of Messer Medical Home Care Holding.

Hans Müller, whose goal is a future-oriented continuation of his company at the existing locations, also sees major advantages in the implementation of the transaction for both sides.

“This merger has enabled us to set a strategic course for a successful future. I’m convinced that Messer – not least because of its character as a family-run company – is the ideal partner for the continuation and further development of Hans Müller Medizintechnik,” Müller said.