Air Liquide advanced Technologies (CSA CSM) expanded its foothold in Turkey on September 15 with the acquisition of Messer Aligaz Sanayi Gazlari, a subsidiary of industrial gas company Messer Group GmbH. Messer Aligaz provides industrial, medical and specialty gases to a range of industries in Turkey. The company owns and operates an air separation unit (ASU) for the production of liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon, and three cylinder filling centers.
“Turkey is a growing economy, which has significantly invested in many industrial fields,” said Christophe Chalier, vice president of Eastern Europe at Air Liquide. “This acquisition will further strengthen our overall presence in this country, allowing Air Liquide to better serve its customers. It also illustrates our commitment to Turkey. We are pleased to welcome the employees of Messer Aligaz.”
Air Liquide established its presence in Turkey in 2011 by signing a long term agreement with petrochemicals giant Petkim related to the supply of oxygen, nitrogen and compressed air for the Aliağa site in the Izmir region. It later expanded by investing in an oxygen and liquid nitrogen production unit and cylinder filling center located in Polatli.
With this acquisition, Air Liquide is now present in the three main industrial areas of the country: Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir. Messer Aligaz has close to 70 employees and generated a revenue of around €9 million in 2014.