Today, Messer is the largest owner-managed industrial gases manufacturer worldwide. The company was founded in 1898 by Adolf Messer, Stefan Messer’s grandfather, in Frankfurt am Main. Under the leadership of Dr Hans Messer, Stefan Messer’s father, the company went through a process of development in the 60s to become a supplier of industrial gases, cryogenic systems, and welding and cutting products. Hoechst AG, subsequently Aventis, held a two-thirds majority stake in the Group; the other third was held by the Messer family.
At the beginning of the 90s, Dr Hans Messer retired from active management of business operations and joined the Supervisory Board.
In 2001, Hoechst sold its two-thirds majority shareholding to financial investors. With their help, Stefan Messer managed to return large parts of the company to full family ownership in 2004. As an independent family entrepreneur, Stefan Messer built on his father’s earlier successes. He and his team managed to turn things around for the long-established company, which many at the time had written off as a failure. Under their management, and with the new “Messer - Gases for Life” brand, the company has doubled its sales to over a billion euros.
Messer consistently aligns all its actions to a specific set of values. The strategy followed by the Messer Group has always been based on the company’s vision, which was developed and is lived by its managers, to be the preferred choice for its customers and employees. The Company Mission Statement consists of this vision as well as the mission and the six corporate values: customer and employee focus, responsible behaviour, corporate responsibility as well as open communication, trust and respect.