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Thursday, October 27, 2016

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Praxair Surface Technologies, a company specializing in high-performance coatings for the aviation, energy and other industries, is teaming up with GE Aviation in a specialized coatings joint venture.

The companies together announced the formation of PG Technologies LLC on Oct. 17.

Said to be built upon decades of collaboration between the two companies, “This joint venture will take the leadership role in the next generation of coating technology applications and will invest in new coating production capacity to meet the needs of the burgeoning aviation sector,” according to PG Technologies Board Member and Praxair Surface Technologies President Pierre Lüthi.

GE Aviation's GE9X engine
GE Aviation

The new PG Technologies LLC joint venture will focus on the development, support and application of specialized coatings tailored for GE Aviation’s current and future engine platforms, including GE9X (shown) and LEAP engines.

Praxair Surface Technologies, based in Danbury, CT, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Praxair Inc., will hold the majority interest in the venture, with GE Aviation holding the remainder. GE Aviation’s headquarters office is in Evandale, OH.

Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Focus on Specialized Coatings

PG Technologies will focus on development, support and application of specialized coatings tailored for GE Aviation’s and CFM International’s current and future engine models. (CFM International is a 50/50 joint venture company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines of France.)

Coating operations for PG Technologies will be based in Ellisville, MS; Indianapolis; and Singapore.

While its headquarters office will be in Indianapolis, the Mississippi location will be the venture’s main facility, according to Hearst Media. This site is said to be an existing GE Aviation facility, and the venture is expected to boost employment to 250 workers by 2020 and potentially reach 400 in the future.

The companies are investing $100 million to expand and retrofit the Ellisville plant, according to reports, and GE will stop fabricating composite aircraft parts there. Instead, it will focus on coating engine parts to withstand pressure and high temperatures and resist wear and corrosion.

“PG Technologies will play an important role in GE Aviation’s engine manufacturing system,” said Colleen Athans, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Supply Chain.

“With engine production volume levels growing, GE’s need for specialized coatings will also increase, and this joint venture will ensure we meet our commitments on the performance and durability of our engines,” she added.

PG Technologies services will be further supported by the global facility network of Praxair Surface Technologies.

About the Companies

Praxair Inc., located in Danbury, CT, is a Fortune 300 company reporting sales of $11 billion in 2015. It is considered a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, as well as high-performance surface coatings.

Praxair Surface Technologies reported 2015 sales of $600 million. The company says that by continuously advancing coatings technologies, its wide range of products and technologies help customers improve environmental performance, decrease energy consumption, extend component life, improve productivity, minimize downtime, reduce operating costs and produce high-quality products.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE, describes itself as a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.


Tagged categories: Aerospace; Aviation; Business matters; China; Coating Materials; Coatings manufacturers; High-performance coatings; Mergers; North America; Paint application

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