INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., July 30, 2008 — Praxair Surface Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX), today announced the completion of a major expansion in its Indianapolis-based ceramic coating facility, which is used to coat aircraft engine components for General Electric.
Representatives from Praxair Surface Technologies and GE–Aviation attended a commissioning ceremony at the facility, whose capacity has been expanded by over 50%. Using GE licensed technology Praxair Surface Technologies is now supplying increased volumes of Electron Beam – Physical Vapor Deposited ceramic coatings which provide state-of-the-art thermal barrier protection to critical engine components.
“We’re very pleased to have expanded our long-standing relationship with GE by making this additional investment in EB-PVD ceramic coatings,” said Mark Gruninger, president of Praxair Surface Technologies. “Advanced ceramic coatings are an important part of the future of aircraft engines and it’s clear that GE’s technology will continue to enable considerable improvement in engine performance”.
“Over the last 15 years Praxair Surface Technologies has successfully commercialized the EB-PVD coating technology and grown their capacity to meet GE Aviation needs for both new products and fielded repairs,” said Bill Fitzgerald, vice president and general manager of Global Operations for GE Engine Services. “We’re confident that our expanded relationship with Praxair Surface Technologies will continue to bring value to our airline customers.”
Praxair Surface Technologies also provides GE–Aviation and other GE business with various other coatings and materials from its operations around the world.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of commercial and military jet engines and components as well as integrated digital, electric power, and mechanical systems for aircraft. GE Aviation also has a global service network to support these offerings.
About Praxair Surface Technologies
Praxair Surface Technologies produces and markets high-performance coatings that reduce the harmful effects of abrasion, oxidation, corrosion, erosion, wear and extreme temperatures on metal parts for the aviation, oilfield, power generation and printing industries. Praxair, Inc., parent company of Praxair Surface Technologies, is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2007 sales of $9.4 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric and process gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies bring productivity and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, metal, and others. More information on Praxair is available on the Internet at www.praxair.com or www.praxairsurfacetechnologies.com.
Susan Szita Gore