Messer has signed an agreement with Changsha Hi Tech Zone in Southern China’s Hunan province to set up a new 520 tonne-per-day liquid air separation unit, just beside its existing filling station which will be operational in the third quarter of the year.
The new facility, which has recieved an investment of 250m RMB ($36m), will begin to supply oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2), argon (Ar), and other gas products to the industries in the zone as well as the surrounding areas by early 2019.
Messer has already invested in nine air separation units in the Hunan area with a total capacity of over 200 thousand normal cubic metres per hour. This makes Messer the largest supplier in the market.
Dr. Werner Hickel, CEO of Messer China, said, “The decision to invest in a new production facility in Changsha further demonstrates Messer’s commitment to its growth strategy and development opportunities in Hunan, and affirms our leadership stance and ability to meet rising customer needs in the area.”