Praxair and GE Aviation Open New Advanced Jet Engine Coatings Facility in Ellisville, Mississippi


 
 
06:04 12/02/2017

Praxair, Inc. PX  and GE Aviation today opened a new facility for their PG Technologies business, which specializes in advanced coatings that enable jet engines to withstand higher temperatures and stresses.

Praxair, Inc. is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. With market capitalization of approximately $40 billion and 2016 sales of $11 billion, the company employs over 26,000 people globally and has been named to the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index for 15 consecutive years.

Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings.

PG Technologies is a joint venture between Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Praxair, Inc., and GE Aviation.

“We are pleased to open a world-class coatings facility in Ellisville that will house the next generation of coating technologies and applications for the aviation industry,” said Praxair Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Angel.

“PG Technologies is a direct result of the longstanding and highly successful commercial relationship we have enjoyed with GE for over 20 years and we look forward to driving steady growth in the business while supporting GE Aviation’s needs,” Angel continued.

The 300,000 square-foot facility in Ellisville is expected to employ at least 250 people to meet demand for the latest generation of jet engines, including the GE9X and the CFM LEAP, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Aviation and SAFRAN of France.

“We are excited to enter this next phase of our strategic plan,” said Derek Hileman, managing director, PG Technologies. “Our new facility in Ellisville will provide exceptional products, technology and service to GE Aviation with PG Technologies’ advanced coating capabilities.”

“The coating technology at this new facility is vital to enabling us to meet the demands of our customers, who expect industry-leading performance from GE Aviation,” said Tony Aiello, Vice President and General Manager Global Supply Chain, GE Aviation. “The engine components delivered from this plant will be in service for decades to come with our more than 400 airline customers all around the world.”

PX  also recently announced that it will be offering a limited number of in-kind grants to select North American universities through its surface technologies business.

The grant recipients will receive material and engineering assistance to support metal additive manufacturing courses and projects from Praxair Surface Technologies (PST). Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a process that uses design data to create 3D objects by building up layers of material.

“As a leading supplier of metal powder for additive manufacturing, we want to invest more in technology development to help grow the next generation of engineers,” said Dean Hackett, PST vice president of Advanced Materials & Equipment. “By offering our materials and other resources, we hope to support this exciting technology.”

“Each day, more and more universities are incorporating metal additive manufacturing courses into their curricula,” said Andy Shives, business manager for Additive Manufacturing at PST. “We want to support growth in additive manufacturing projects within the academic community and believe that these grants will provide many new opportunities for students and teachers alike."

Praxair Surface Technologies currently supplies cobalt, copper, iron, nickel and titanium based alloys and also offers the associated industrial gases to the additive manufacturing industry. The business’ Indianapolis location also operates multiple additive machines in its Additive Manufacturing Lab.


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