Continuing with its healthy investment in the Vietnamese market, the Messer Group has revealed the February inauguration of a new plant in the South Pacific Rim country.

As the largest privately managed industrial-gas specialist, with its headquarters near Frankfurt am Main, Messer inaugurated a new filling plant in the city of Vũng Táu, on what is referred to as Vietnam’s oil coast in February.

Up to 300 gas cylinders are filled with oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide and other gas mixtures at this location on a daily basis.

Through its companies located in four regions of Vietnam, Messer operates a nationwide network for distributing gases required in almost all industrial sectors. Messer’s notes that its next move will an investment of around €15m in an industrial-gas production site in Hải Dương, to be put into operation later this year.

Located approx. 130km east of Ho-Chi-Minh city, Vũng Táu is Vietnam’s crude-oil processing centre among other attributes and Messer has entered into a contract with international shipbuilder STX Europe, formerly Aker Yards, for supplying oxygen and carbon dioxide via a pipeline to its shipyard situated in Vũng Táu.

Meanwhile, five-year contracts for the supply of liquid oxygen and carbon dioxide have been concluded with a further three customers. Founded in 1998, Messer Vietnam was initially just a relatively small company for marketing specialty gases in Ho-Chi- Minh city.

Look out for our Interview of the Month with Stefan Messer, in the June issue of gasworld magazine!