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Messer builds largest factory for production for industrial gases in Vietnam

Hanoi, China. - Messer, the German industrial gases specialist, and Hoa Phat Steel, the largest steel producer in Vietnam, signed a contract in Hanoi for the construction of two plants for the production of industrial gases.

The contract is to run for a period of 25 years. Messer will supply the air gases oxygen, nitrogen and argon to the steelworks by pipeline. Both plants are to start operation in the Dung Quat economic zone in southern Central Vietnam in November of 2018. Total production capacity amounts to 80,000 standard cubic metres of oxygen and 160,000 standard cubic metres of nitrogen per hour, which corresponds to around five and ten road tanker loads. This makes it the largest facility for the production of industrial gases in Vietnam. Messer is investing a total of over 90 million US dollars.

Apart from supplying the steelworks, gases in liquid form will be supplied to local market, such as the shipbuilding industry and automotive suppliers. "By cultivating our partnerships and further increasing our supply of the local market, we've managed to generate impressively strong growth in Vietnam over the past year", says Stefan Messer, owner and CEO of the Messer Group. Messer achieved sales of over 40 million euros in Vietnam last year.

Messer has been cooperating with the Hoa Phat Group since 2007. At that time, the company invested 20 million US dollars in the construction of an air separation plant in order to cover the gas needs of Hoa Phat Steel's first integrated plant. A second plant went into operation in 2012, increasing Messer's production capacity in Vietnam by around 150 per cent. The industrial gases manufacturer commissioned its third air separation plant in Vietnam in 2016. With a production capacity of 27,000 standard cubic metres of oxygen and 54,000 standard cubic metres of nitrogen per hour, it was the largest industrial gases plant in North Vietnam at that time. All production plants were constructed on Hoa Phat Steel's site in the province of Hai Duong.

Photo by Messer: Stefan Messer (third from right) and Marc Wachter, Managing Director of Messer in Vietnam, (second from right) at the contract signing with representatives of Hoa Phat.


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.