The Messer Group has officially opened its first production unit for industrial gases in Vietnam, producing gases not only for the Hoa Phat Steel company but also various industries in North Vietnam.

Opened yesterday on 6th October, the facility is the largest air separation plant in Vietnam with a capacity of 300 tons per day (tpd) of oxygen and 510 tpd of nitrogen.

The plant supplies all the gas requirements of Hoa Phat Steel Joint Stock Company’s new integrated steelworks complex in Kinh Mon Town, Hai Duong Province. Messer has invested up to $20m in the production facility, and also wants to supply manufacturers across numerous industries in the north of Vietnam with the gases that are produced.

The opening of the plant marks the completion of almost three years of work, with Messer having announced the contract with the Hoa Phat Group back in October 2007. The opening of the plant also comes after Messer’s announcement earlier this year that the company plans to build a liquefaction plant for carbon dioxide in Vietnam, with an initial capacity of 70 metric tpd and rising to 200 tpd in the future.

Messer Haiphong, soon to be a wholly owned subsidiary of the Messer Group, was incorporated in 1997. Hoa Phat Steel Joint Stock Company is owned by the listed Hoa Phat Group, one of Vietnam’s most successful companies. The plant in Kinh Mon is the Hoa Phat Group’s second largest steelworks.

In addition to steel-making, industrial gases are also used in the processing and manufacture of a whole range of everyday items, including food, medicines, plastic bottles, ballpoint pens, water storage tanks, cars, light bulbs.