To celebrate its 100th anniversary of oxygen production this year, Messer Schweiz AG held an open day in May for the first time in its long history, giving the public the opportunity to see what Messer is all about.

The history of Messer Schweiz AG, formerly Sauerstoffwerk Lenzburg AG, actually dates back to 1891, around 120 years ago. One hundred years ago, in 1911, the private owners invested in an air separation unit (ASU) and started with the production of oxygen and cylinder filling.

Already at an early stage, the management pursued an ecological policy by running its own hydroelectric power plant. To this day, Messer Schweiz still generates two thirds of its own power requirements itself by means of a turbine driven by water from the near river.

Over the course of time, the building and production facilities have been repeatedly expanded and adapted to meet necessary requirements.

Many things have changed at the Lenzburg plant in those 100 years. Targeted and comprehensive investments have been repeatedly made in the company, including, for example, in an ultra-modern bottling plant, a hydrogen production plant, a filling plant for liquid helium, the cylinder maintenance plant, a special gas-filling facility and analytics. A highlight was the commissioning of the air-separation plant for oxygen, nitrogen and argon in Visp in the Valais Canton in 2009.

Messer Schweiz subsequently acquired ASCO CARBON DIOXIDE LTD as a global expert supplier in all things relating to carbon dioxide and dry ice, based in Romanshorn plus its subsidiaries in New Zealand and France. May of this year saw the acquisition of the Remco AG in Eschlikon, a successful manufacturer of dry ice pelletizers and dry ice blasters.

To celebrate this anniversary Messer Schweiz AG held an open day in May for the first time in its long history, giving the public the opportunity to see what Messer is all about. “On a beautiful, sunny day many visitors took the opportunity to get to know Messer Schweiz. For Messer Schweiz the day was a complete success,” a company statement read.

Another highlight was the anniversary celebration for the employees of Messer Schweiz AG and ASCO Kohlensäure AG at Lenzburg Castle. Enjoying good music and food, Wolfgang Pöschl, Managing Director of Messer Schweiz and Asco, thanked all employees for their long time engagement to the success of the company.