Industrial operations require oxygen, nitrogen, argon, xenon, neon and krypton, along with carbon dioxide, acetylene, hydrogen and helium and a wide variety of gas mixtures. At Messer we call these gases Gases for Life. They are produced in largescale industrial plants and are just as important as water and electric power for many manufacturing processes which make everyday products.
Oxygen, nitrogen, argon, xenon, neon and krypton are produced from the air. Carbon dioxide is primarily collected from the exhaust of industrial operations and cleaned. In some cases it is also produced from natural underground sources. Hydrogen and acetylene are produced chemically. Helium is extracted from underground sources.