Messer is in exclusive negotiations with rival, major industrial gas company Air Liquide to purchase the latter’s entities in Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Air Liquide started operating in Slovakia in 2000 and Czech Republic in 2001 with 53 employees at both locations and offices in Prague and Trnava.

Messer intends to fully integrate and merge the two companies into the respective Messer companies in Prague and in Bratislava in the short term.

“The companies complement each other ideally in terms of their activities and their organisational, operational and production structures. We see many synergies and positive effects with respect to production, logistics, sales and customer supply,” said Stefan Messer, owner and CEO of the Messer Group GmbH.

“Taking over Air Liquide’s entities in Czech Republic and Slovakia will further strengthen our position on the industrial gases market in Central Europe.”

Air Liquide said in a statement the decision to divest the assets “illustrates Air Liquide’s strategy to review regularly its asset portfolio and focus its geographic expansion on key regions in order to increase density and therefore enhance performance”.

This transaction is subject to the final and definitive agreement between the parties, and will be carried out in the framework of the relevant social processes and ongoing dialogue with the employee representatives’ bodies.

A Market Redefined

Central Europe will be in the spotlight this summer when gasworld returns to Budapest to explore how the European industrial gases business is, on so many levels, A Market Redefined.

The very face of the market has been redefined over the last two years as the mega-merger of Praxair, Inc. and The Linde Group has seen the arrival of Nippon Gases Europe in the region and the SIAD Group move to full independence, having previously been a joint venture with Praxair in Italy, Central and Eastern Europe.

This change in structure of the market continues apace with today’s news of negotiations between Air Liquide and the Messer Group.

Behind the very visual face of the market, there is also significant change at both an application and operational level.

All of which will be explored by gasworld’s Europe Industrial Gas Summit 2020. Held from the 2nd- 3rdJune 2020 at the New York Palace hotel in Budapest, Hungary, the summit will tackle all of these trends and more, as well as provide invaluable networking opportunities between suppliers, end-users and equipment innovators alike.

For the full agenda and more information on how to participate in the event, visit