1. 1898

    The beginning and rapid growth

    1898

    Adolf Messer founds Frankfurter Acetylen-GasGesellschaft Messer & Cie. in Höchst for the manufacture of acetylene generators and lighting appliances

    1903

    Ernst Wiss develops first hydrogen-oxygen cutting torch at Griesheim-Elektron. This is followed by equipment and machinery for oxyfuel welding and cutting

    1908

    Start-up of first oxygen plant by Chemische Fabrik Griesheim-Elektron

  2. 1965

    Evolution into a global enterprise

    1965

    Birth of Messer Griesheim GmbH under Hans Messer. Merger of Adolf Messer GmbH with parts of KnapsackGriesheim AG belonging to Hoechst

    1966

    Expansion into Western Europe and North America

    1990

    Expansion into Eastern and Central Europe

    1995

    Entry into China and rapid expansion

  3. 2001

    Back into family ownership

    2001

    Goldman Sachs Funds and Allianz Capital Partners buy the Hoechst (Aventis) shares

    2004

    Founding of Messer Group GmbH: Messer is once again wholly owned by the Messer family

    2005

    The welding and cutting division is once again wholly owned by the Messer family

    2006

    Sales exceed one billion euros for the first time: Messer Group and Messer Eutectic Castolin. Expansion of activities in Europe and Asia

    2008

    Founding of Messer Industriegase GmbH in Germany

    2011

    Move to joint company headquarters in Bad Soden

    2014

    Tenth anniversary of the Messer Group GmbH