Messer Cutting Systems acquires US-American manufacturer of Oxyfuel products, Flame Technologies


Messer Cutting Systems through an affiliate company, acquires US-American manufacturer of Oxyfuel products, Flame Technologies


On February 1, 2022, Messer Cutting Systems acquired the US-American manufacturer of products in the oxyfuel sector, Flame Technologies, Inc. (Flame Tech) through an affiliate company. With Flame Tech, Messer Cutting Systems strengthens its position as an international solution provider of Oxyfuel, Steel Mill and pre-heating solutions.

Flame Tech produces innovative, high-quality oxyfuel welding, cutting, and heating products for the U.S. and international markets. The company was founded in 1980 and since then has been family owned. Forty-eight employees work in administration, sales and production based out of their headquarters in Austin (Texas).

With an acquisition of Flame Tech, Messer Cutting Systems will be able to enter the American market for oxyfuel technology, adapt products to the specific needs of the regional markets and set up an infrastructure beneficial to all parties. Flame Tech will continue as a stand-alone company with its own sales force and brand. Furthermore, the company will become the channel for Spectron gas control systems in the North American market.

"We are very excited to welcome Flame Tech into the Messer world. The American market offers great potential in the field of oxyfuel technology. We will benefit from the synergies of our joined product portfolios in the Americas as well as in our international market," says John Emholz, President and CEO Global of Messer Cutting Systems.

"Both companies have a lot of experience and knowledge. We are confident that both sides will benefit from this acquisition in the mid- and long-term," adds Shawn Toops, CEO of Flame Tech. "We can now offer our customers around the world the most reliable and safe products and solutions for oxyfuel welding, cutting and heating."

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Flame Tech is a manufacturer of highly productive, cost-effective oxyfuel welding, cutting, and heating products. The company was founded in 1980. Forty-eight employees and sales representatives work there.

John Emholz, President and CEO Global of Messer Cutting Systems

Shawn Toops, CEO of Flame Technologies


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.