News in from Monterrey, where Praxair Mexico has revealed the signing of a contract with Johnson Controls to build, own and operate a vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA) plant in Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Te plant will supply oxygen for a battery-recycling process in Garcia, with operations scheduled to begin during the fourth quarter of 2010.

Under the new contract, Praxair Mexico will supply 140 tons of oxygen per day to enable Johnson Controls to recover lead from 12.5 million lead-acid batteries per year. With this plant, Johnson Controls will have the capacity to recycle 100% of the batteries it produces in Mexico.

“We chose Praxair for this project, because we have been pleased with their service and reliability over a period of several years,” said Rodrigo Pavon, Strategic Projects Director at Johnson Controls.

Praxair currently supplies five Johnson Controls sites in Mexico and Murilo Melo, President and General Director of Praxair Mexico, said in a statement, “We are pleased to put our world-class supply systems network to work for Johnson Controls, contributing to their growth in Mexico.”

Praxair Mexico is a leading industrial gas provider in Mexico, operating as a global company with local efficiency. It operates more than 300 production, distribution and sales sites, with 2,500 employees and serves more than 35,000 customers in a wide range of industries.