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Company Overview of White Martins Gases Industriais Ltda.

Company Overview

White Martins Gases Industriais Ltda., an industrial gases company, supplies atmospheric, process, medical, and specialty gases in Brazil. The company engages in manufacturing and marketing cylinders for Brazil's market and for export purposes. It serves various companies in the steel and mining segment. The company was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with additional operations in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. White Martins Gases Industriais Ltda. operates as a subsidiary of Praxair Inc.

Avenida das Américas, 3434

Bloco 7

6th Floor

Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22640-102


Founded in 1912


55 21 3431 2000


55 21 2588 6683

Key Executives for White Martins Gases Industriais Ltda.

Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

White Martins Gases Industriais Ltda. Key Developments

White Martins Starts Up Air Separation Plant in Brazil

White Martins started up a new 800 tons per day air separation plant in the state of Minas Gerais, located in southeastern Brazil. Under a long-term contract, Praxair's new plant will supply industrial gases to ArcelorMittal. The energy-efficient air separation plant will enable ArcelorMittal to serve customers across all major steel-consuming industries, including automotive, mining, construction, and household appliances and packaging. Praxair is ArcelorMittal's main industrial gases supplier in Brazil, delivering gases to five of its facilities located in Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo states. The Minas Gerais plant will also supply local merchant liquid customers in the Brazilian southeast in such segments as mining, primary metals, automotive, manufacturing and healthcare. Minas Gerais is Brazil's third state economy and contributes over 9% of Brazil's GDP, with the industrial sector being a major contributor.

White Martins Starts Up Plant to Supply Eldorado in Brazil

White Martins has started up a new air separation plant in the state of Mato Grosso, in Brazil's fast growing Midwest region. As part of a long-term contract, Praxair will supply Eldorado Celulose e Papel's single-line pulp mill. The new air separation unit will have the capacity to produce 220 tons per day of oxygen, nitrogen and argon. Oxygen is a critical component in Eldorado's manufacturing process. Oxygen delignification, used in the pulp bleaching process, reduces active chlorine requirements, providing significant operating cost advantages and environmental benefits. The plant will also supply local merchant liquid customers in the Brazilian Midwest and in the neighboring state of Sao Paulo in markets such as petrochemicals, metals and healthcare.

White Martins Gases Industriais Ltda. Starts Up New Air Separation Plant for Braskem in Brazil

White Martins Gases Industriais Ltda. has started up a new air separation plant in the state of Alagoas, in Brazil's northeast region. As part of the long-term contract, Praxair will supply nitrogen and oxygen to Braskem. The plant has a capacity of 200 tons per day and will supply Braskem's expanded polyvinyl chloride (PVC) unit. Braskem has invested an estimated $500 million in the new industrial unit. Braskem's facility produces vinylic materials, polyethylene and polypropylene to serve industries such as footwear, toys, housing, sanitation and infrastructure. With one PVC unit currently operating in Alagoas, this project will almost double Braskem's annual PVC production capacity in the state. The investment marks the strengthening of the chemical and plastic production chain, while promoting industrial development in the region.

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