Messer has held a topping-out ceremony for its second production facility in Germany.

There’s been 10000 cubic metres of earth moved, 5000 cubic metres of concrete poured, and 1300 square metres of brickwork used on the new air gas production facility being built by Messer on the Salzgitter Flachstahl site, a subsidiary of the Salzgitter AG company.

Just before winter sets in, Messer and its partners are celebrated the topping-out for the new construction project, in which Messer has invested approximately €50m.

In total, there are approximately 80 people working full-time at the Messer construction site.

Preparations are currently underway for the installation of the coldbox, the heart of the facility where the rectification columns are to be operated. Inside these, air is separated into its constituent parts of oxygen, nitrogen and argon.

Starting in August 2010, Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH will be supplied with industrial gases from this state-of-the-art facility over a period of 15 years. In addition, Messer will be producing gases in liquid form for the local market.

The world’s largest management-owned industrial gas producer is investing up to €160m in the construction and expansion of production facilities in Germany.

Messer is also investing a total of €700m to guarantee its European and Asian customers reliable and independent supplies for the future.