Praxair, Inc. operates as an industrial gas supplier in North and South America. The company’s primary products in its industrial gases business are atmospheric gases (oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and rare gases) and process gases (carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, electronic gases, specialty gases, and acetylene). The company also designs, engineers, and builds equipment that produces industrial gases primarily for internal use. The company’s surface technologies segment, operated through Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc., supplies wear-resistant and high-temperature corrosion-resistant metallic and ceramic coatings and powders. The company serves a group of industries, including healthcare, petroleum refining, manufacturing, beverage carbonation, fiber-optics, steel making, aerospace, chemicals and water treatment. Industrial Gases Products The company produces oxygen, nitrogen and argon through various air separation processes of which cryogenic air separation is the most prevalent. The company engages in developing a range of proprietary and patented applications and supply systems technology. The company also led the development and commercialization of non-cryogenic air separation technologies for the production of industrial gases. The company also manufactures precious metal and ceramic sputtering targets used primarily in the production of semiconductors. Surface Technologies Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc. is a major worldwide supplier of coating services and thermal spray consumables to customers in the aircraft, energy, printing, primary metals, petrochemical, textile, and other industries. Its coatings are used to provide wear resistance, corrosion protection, thermal insulation, and many other surface-enhancing functions. It also manufactures a line of electric arc, plasma and wire spray, and high-velocity oxy-fuel equipment. International The company conducts industrial gases business through consolidated companies in Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay. Societa Italiana Acetilene & Derivati S.p.A., an Italian company, has also positions in Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. Refrigeration and Oxygen Company Limited, a Middle Eastern company, has operations in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Qatar. The company’s surface technologies segment has operations in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. Patents and Trademarks The ‘Praxair’ trademark is important to the company’s business as a whole. Competition Principal competitors for the surface technologies business are Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corporation, a subsidiary of Sequa Corporation; Bodycote, PLC; and OC Oerlikon Corp AG. History Praxair, Inc. was founded in 1907.
praxair inc (PX:New York)
39 Old Ridgebury Road
Danbury, CT 06810
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