MONTERREY, Mexico, April 19, 2010 — Praxair Mexico, a subsidiary of Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) has signed a contract with Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) to build, own and operate a vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA) plant to supply oxygen for a battery-recycling process in Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
Under the new contract, Praxair Mexico will supply 140 tons of oxygen per day to enable Johnson Controls to recover lead from 12.5 million lead-acid batteries per year. With this plant, Johnson Controls will have the capacity to recycle 100% of the batteries it produces in Mexico. Operations are scheduled to begin during the fourth quarter of 2010.
“We chose Praxair for this project because we have been pleased with their service and reliability over a period of several years,” said Rodrigo Pavon, strategic projects director at Johnson Controls. Praxair currently supplies five Johnson Controls sites in Mexico.
“We are pleased to put our world-class supply systems network to work for Johnson Controls, contributing to their growth in Mexico,” said Murilo Melo, president and general director of Praxair Mexico.
Praxair Mexico is a leading industrial gas provider in Mexico, operating as a global company with local efficiency. It operates more than 300 production, distribution and sales sites, with 2,500 employees and serves more than 35,000 customers in a wide range of industries.
Praxair, Inc. is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2009 sales of $9 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty 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, metals and others. More information on Praxair is available on the Internet at www.praxair.com.