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Messer Story: Profits followed by destruction

Bad Soden, Germany. - In the anniversary year 2018 - from now on until December - we will tell the exciting story of the Messer family business.

Messer's products were in great demand during the war years (1939-1945). Welding equipment was needed to build tanks, ships and U-boats. The company developed special welding machines for work on missile tail units, as also used in the V1 and V2 rockets.

Following heavy air raids on Frankfurt, Messer moved some of its production to the surrounding countryside. On 18 March 1944, a 30-minute bombing raid destroyed large parts of the factory premises. Shortly before the end of the war, American soldiers occupied the main factory on Hanauer Landstrasse.

Picture: Destroyed factory of Messer after the air raids on Frankfurt Main


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.