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39 Old Ridgebury Road

Danbury, CT 06810

United States

Phone: 203-837-2000

Fax: 800-772-9985

Praxair, Inc. supplies industrial gases in North and South America. The company also supplies wear-resistant and high-temperature corrosion-resistant metallic and ceramic coatings and powders. The company’s primary products in its industrial gases business are atmospheric gases (oxygen, nitrogen, argon, rare gases) and process gases (carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, electronic gases, specialty gases, 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 approximately 25 industries as diverse as healthcare, petroleum refining, computer-chip manufacturing, beverage carbonation, fiber-optics, steel making, aerospace, chemicals and water treatment. The company’s operations consist of two major product lines, industrial gases and surface technologies. Industrial Gases The company produces oxygen, nitrogen and argon through various air separation processes of which cryogenic air separation is the most prevalent. It develops 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. The company produces and distributes in cylinders a range of specialty gases and mixtures. The company distributes welding equipment purchased from independent manufacturers. Surface Technologies The company supplies coatings 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, Uruguay and Venezuela. Societa Italiana Acetilene & Derivati S.p.A. (S.I.A.D.), an Italian company accounted for as an equity company, also has established positions in Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. Refrigeration and Oxygen Company Limited (ROC) has operations in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar. Praxair’s surface technologies segment has operations in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Research and Development The company’s research and development is directed toward developing new and improved methods for the production and distribution of industrial gases and the development of new markets and applications for these gases. Patents and Trademarks The company owns or licenses various United States and foreign patents that relate to various products and processes. Praxair’s patents expire at various times over the next 20 years. The company also owns a large number of valuable trademarks. Only the Praxair trademark is major to its business as a whole. Significant Events In June 2014, Praxair Inc. announced it has started up a new packaged gas fill plant in Bismarck, North Dakota, significantly increasing its cylinder gases capacity in the Bakken shale oil formation region. History Praxair, Inc. was founded in 1907.


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