Just over 100 days after its return to the German market, the record of industrial gas specialist Messer looks distinctly positive, the company has declared.

With orders totalling around €650,000, July was apparently the most successful month in the Messer Group’s one hundred days of doing business in the German market.

In May Messer returned to selling its products on the home market after an absence of several years, and has since secured more than 70 contracts for the supply of liquid gases including oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide and argon.

A further 20 contracts have been agreed and will come into effect throughout the course of 2009, while Messer’s new German subsidiary has already installed 25 tanks for storing gases on customers’ premises and another 25 will be in position by the end of 2008. As many again are anticipated for the first half of 2009.

Healthy growth
Since May, Messer has signed up more than 150 new German customers for bottled gas, with a total annual volume of about €1.6m. Customers are supplied through a network of 16 distributors covering Hessen, Pfalz, Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia, with Messer supplying all industry sectors such as foodstuffs and research institutes, with technical gases either in bottles or in storage tanks.

Healthy growth is also reported in the field of medical gases, as the company is to supply two of the largest German rehab and medical engineering firms with highly purified medical oxygen for home delivery to patients with respiratory diseases.

The capacity of the planned medical oxygen production line at Messer’s new filling plant in Siegen is therefore being doubled, Messer notes.