The Messer Group has reinforced its position in Poland after officially opening a new air gas production facility and industrial gas cylinder plant in the centre of the country.

The site, which took two years to construct, features a new air separation unit (ASU) that will produce up to 355 tonnes per day (tpd) of liquid oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2) and argon (Ar).

Located in Łódź’s special economic zone, this plant is Messer’s second production facility in the Eastern European country to produce liquid gases for the local market.

Messer’s total investment in the extension summed around €31m ($34.9m).

A media release confirmed, “In comparison with other central European countries, the Polish gas market has recorded consistently high growth rates in recent years. With its investment in central Poland, Messer wants to share in the country’s strong economic growth and strengthen its market position.”

According to gasworld Business Intelligence, Poland’s industrial gas market recorded revenues of €450m ($506m) in 2015. The market has experienced average growth of around 4.5% year-on-year over the past decade, and the forecast for the next five years also looks promising at around 3-4.5% growth each year.

The structure of supply in Poland is changing; Air Liquide is rolling out a strong cylinder strategy and also bought new ASU onstream in 2015. This new investment from Messer will also have an impact on the current structure – the Germany-based producer and distributor was estimated to hold a market share of 10% in 2015, but this is expected to rise in the near future.

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