Messer Group

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Messer Group GmbH
Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung
Industry Chemicals
Founded 1898; 119 years ago (1898)
Headquarters Bad Soden, Germany
Key people
Stefan Messer (CEO) and Jürgen Heraeus (Chairman)
Products Industrial gases, fine chemicals
Number of employees
5,404 (2013)
Company Headquarters in Bad Soden am Taunus

The Messer Group GmbH is a supplier of industrial gases. Business is focused on 30 European and Asian countries as well as Peru. The company headquarters are located in Bad Soden (Germany).

Messer is selling gases for industrial use like Oxygen, Nitrogen, Argon, Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen, Helium, Shielding gases and gases for medical use.


In 1898 the student Adolf Messer founded a company for Acetylene lamps in Frankfurt Höchst. With the emerging of electrical lighting the company changed its business towards welding.

The company merged 1965 with Knapsack Griesheim AG to the new Messer Griesheim GmbH. After this merge Farbwerke Hoechst held two third of the company shares.

Around 1997 to 2004 the gas and welding related sections were bought back by the Messer Family building the current Messer Group GmbH. The company subsidiaries for Germany, UK and the US were sold to Air Liquide, including a four-year Non-compete clause for the Messer Group.[1] After the expiration of the non-compete clause in 2008 the Messer Group GmbH is selling gases for industrial use again.


  1. ^ Messer Group (2005-05-11). "A report on the year 2004" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-11-27. 

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