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02/20/2017

Messer has been awarded the Axia Award

Bad Soden, Germany. - Industrial gases manufacturer Messer has been awarded the Axia Award 2016 in the “Best family successor” category.

“Preserving and continuing tradition” was the motto of this year’s awards ceremony. Stefan Messer accepted the sustainable management award, which was jointly presented by Deloitte and the WirtschaftsWoche business magazine.

The Messer Group has been a producer and supplier of industrial gases for over 100 years, primarily in Europe and China. The company has come through turbulent times since its founding in 1898. Having averted bankruptcy in 1999, the founder’s grandson, Stefan Messer, restored the gas manufacturer to its former size and transferred ownership back to the family. “I believed in the business, so I decided that the family would keep a stake in it,” says Stefan Messer. This involved Messer taking a lot of risks: the sale of the Group’s most important national entities – USA, UK and Germany – allowed him to buy out investors who had acquired former shareholder Hoechst’s stake in 2001. He has been presented with the award of “Best family successor” for his tireless efforts in the face of much internal and external resistance.

“Preserving and continuing tradition” was the motto of this year’s awards ceremony. Stefan Messer accepted the sustainable management award, which was jointly presented by Deloitte and the WirtschaftsWoche business magazine.

“Both economically and socially, Germany needs successful business succession in the SME sector. This is the only way to maintain and secure investment, innovation and jobs across generations and throughout the country. The nationwide Axia Award is presented for this with good reason,” Holger Lösch, member of the executive board of the BDI, Germany’s federal industry association, explains.

Picture: Stefan Messer (third from left) together with Sophie Dubbick, Marcel Messer, Jenjira Messer, Diana Buss and Andrea Launer at the award ceremony in Hamburg.

MESSER CUTTING SYSTEMS: THE APEX OF TECHNOLOGY FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS

Messer Cutting Systems is a global supplier of cutting edge technology. The company offers products and services for the metalworking industry which set standards world-wide. As market leader in its branch, the machine manufacturer supplies complete solutions and concentrates strategically on advising its customers and customer oriented innovation. Here, the company focusses on the digitalisation of processes and products. Messer Cutting Systems is represented with more than 800 employees in 5 main locations with production facilities and in more than 50 countries.

The product range includes oxyfuel, plasma and laser cutting systems from hand guided machines right up to special machines for shipbuilding as well as machines and equipment for oxyfuel welding, cutting, brazing, soldering and heating. Spare parts, repairs, modernisation, maintenance and service as well as environmental technology round out the product portfolio. In-house software solutions optimise production and business processes. The product range is extended by solutions from technology partners, for example in the field of automation.

An intensive dialogue with our customers has prime position – the modern training centre makes this claim clear. World-wide, Messer Cutting Systems is the partner of choice for cutting systems, oxyfuel technology and customer consultancy.