Westfalen Group: energy that gives more
The Westfalen Group was founded in 1923 in Münster. With over 1,600 employees, in 2014 the family-run company led by Chairman of the Board Wolfgang Fritsch-Albert posted its best ever results with a turnover of around 1.8 billion euros. The company's activities are split into three divisions: Gases, Energy supply and Service stations.
The Gases division has far outgrown its original Münster sales area and now has numerous branches, sales offices, warehouses and plants, together with subsidiaries in France, Benelux, Austria, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. The Westfalen Group produces and markets around 300 technical gases and gas mixtures for practically every trade and industry application, food production, laboratories, pharmaceuticals and medicinal purposes. These include in particular the air gases nitrogen, oxygen, and argon - produced in air separation plants in Hörstel (near Osnabruck) and Laichingen (near Ulm) in Germany, and in Le Creusot (near Lyon) in France - together with acetylene and hydrogen. Carbon dioxide (CO2) and helium are also becoming increasingly important. The diverse product range is extended by refrigerants and thermal transfer media for cooling and air-conditioning technology.
Westfalen’s specialty gases centre at Hörstel also produces high-purity gases, standardised gas mixtures and tailor-made specialty mixtures containing as many as 20 of the over 150 individual components available to customers in the analytical, laboratory and biotechnology sectors. Westfalen's Specialty Gases Centre has had its accreditation by the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS) renewed, so fulfilling the "General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories" under DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005.
With its Energy supply division's Westfalen gas brand the Group is one of Germany's leading suppliers of liquefied petroleum gas. Westfalengas is suitable for over 2,000 applications: as an off-grid thermal energy source (also in combination with solar thermal installations from the company's own sales program), for heating factory halls and agricultural buildings, for thermal processes in industry and commerce, and fuelling cars (automotive gas/LPG). The Energy supply division has also begun supplying natural gas and electricity, opening-up the Westfalen group’s appeal to both private and commercial customers.
With 260 filling stations the Westfalen group's Service stations division is the largest independent branded service station network in Germany, with sites located primarily in NRW and Lower Saxony. As well as Westfalen, Markant is also part of the Münster filling station network and some 100 Westfalen and Markant filling stations also offer LPG, achieving sales well above the German average. The Westfalen Service Card, a fuel card for companies running a vehicle fleet, is accepted as a cashless payment method at around 5,500 service stations (Westfalen, Agip, Aral, Avia, Markant, OMV, and Total) throughout Germany.