Praxair Surface Technologies, GE Aviation JV for specialized coatings

6:57 AM, 21st January 2016
Pierre Luthi, president, Praxair Surface Technologies. (File photo)

DANBURY, US: Praxair Inc said that its wholly-owned subsidiary Praxair Surface Technologies Inc has entered into a definitive agreement with GE Aviation, to form a joint venture for the development, support and application of specialized coatings.

Praxair Surface Technologies will be the majority venture owner, while GE Aviation will hold the remaining membership interests. Operations are said to begin during the second quarter of 2016, Praxair said.

The coatings will be tailored for GE Aviation’s and CFM International’s (50/50 joint company between GE and Snecma (Safran) of France) current and future engine models, including the GE9X and LEAP engines.

When created, the joint-venture company will expand its footprint with a new coatings plant in the southeast US, which will supplement the services provided to GE from Praxair’s Indianapolis facility and other global operations.

Praxair Surface Technologies’ current scope of services provided to GE Aviation will be expanded and GE Aviation’s production volume will continue to grow due to a large backlog of commercial engine orders, Praxair said.

“Together, we’ll enhance our advanced coating capabilities to provide a dedicated coating source and support the growth of GE’s new engine platforms,” said Pierre Luthi, president, Praxair Surface Technologies.

“This specialized coating joint venture with Praxair will enable us to meet our growing engine production volume,” said Colleen Athans, vice president and general manager, GE Aviation’s supply chain. “The unique coating capabilities will enhance our engines’ performance and durability, which are key requirements for our customers.”

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