Earlier this month, the German company, which has enjoyed a litany of awards this year, consolidated its market position in Austria. The development took place on 2nd May 2011 when the company acquired the gas business, Sapio Gase GmbH

Messer Austria, the Austrian subsidiary of Messer and the largest privately run specialist for industrial gases, galvanised its footing in Upper Austria when it bought the subsidiary of SAPIO, an Italian company.

Michael Beck, Managing Director of Messer Austria commented on the move, “Through our takeover of Sapio Gase GmbH, we anticipate a strengthening of our market position in Upper Austria, a region of considerable importance to the gas business in Austria generally. At the same time, the acquisition enables us to achieve a greater range of supply and useful addition to our regional presence.”

With the takeover of Sapio Gase, Messer acquires a 1,400 strong customer base for bottles gas. The majority of whom are involved in metal-processing operations and small commercial operations.

Thus far, Messer has a total of 20 air separation plants in central and south eastern Europe, five of them still in the construction stage. During the past year, 2,359 employees generated sales of EUR 363 million in this region. In Austria, Messer Austria has seven locations of its own and markets bottled gases through 74 gas centres.