INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Praxair Surface Technologies,
a wholly-owned subsidiary of Praxair, Inc., has 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
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
Source: Praxair Surface Technologies