The Messer Group has reinforced its position in Poland after officially opening a new air gas production facility and industrial gas cylinder plant in Łódź’s special economic zone.
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). The plant will be the company’s second production facility in Poland to produce liquid gases for the local market. Messer’s total investment in the extension summed around €31m ($34.9m).
Messer is the second-largest industrial gas company in Eastern Europe and this new plant is a further example of its expansion strategy in the region. For example, not only did the company bring new plants on-stream in countries such as Serbia and Estonia in 2015, but Messer also acquired Air Liquide’s Hungarian business. The fixed assets of the Air Liquide deal included Messer taking control of an on-site ASU, two nitrogen generators and a cylinder filling plant.
According to gasworld Business Intelligence estimates, 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.
Three major international gas companies operate alongside Messer in the country, with Air Products being the current market leader in terms of revenue generated. There is also a significant presence in the region from fellow Tier One companies Air Liquide and The Linde Group. Messer currently commands 10% of the industrial gas market in Poland, with most of the company’s revenues in the region being generated in the merchant market.
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