Ceramic Industry

Praxair Surface Technologies Expands Coating Facility (posted 8/5/08)

August 5, 2008
The Indianapolis-based ceramic coating facility is used to coat aircraft engine components for General Electric.

Praxair Surface Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Praxair, Inc., recently announced the completion of a major expansion at 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, which has expanded its capacity by over 50%.

Using GE-licensed technology, Praxair Surface Technologies supplies electron beam physical vapor deposited (EBPVD) 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 EBPVD 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 EBPVD 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 airline customers.”

For more information, visit www.praxair.com, www.praxairsurfacetechnologies.com or www.geae.com.