Praxair Surface Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Praxair Inc, has announced it has reached agreement with FMC Technologies to supply thermal spray coatings for gate valve components used in oil and natural gas production and establish a facility in southern India.

Praxair Surface Technologies’ thermal spray coating provides wear and corrosion protection for gate valves in critical service applications and the facilities will include a manufacturing plant for coating oilfield gate valve components manufactured in India.

Mark Gruninger, president of Praxair Surface Technologies, said, “We’re very pleased to be expanding our long-standing relationship with FMC by establishing a production capability in India. This state-of-the-art facility will strengthen our ability to provide highly reliable service to FMC Technologies in a key geographic region.”

“This is Praxair Surface Technologies’ first coatings facility in India and we are confident this will lead to other significant opportunities in this fast-growing market,” added Gruninger.

FMC Technologies Inc is a leading global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry and other industrial markets, producing food processing equipment for the food industry and specialised equipment to service the industry. Praxair Surface Technologies provides FMC with thermal spray coating from its operations in Houston, Texas, and St. Ettienne, France.

Robert Potter, senior vice president for Energy Processing and Global Surface Wellhead, FMC Technologies, commented, “Praxair Surface Technologies understands the difficult operating conditions wellhead gate valves are subjected to in the oilfield service industry. We’re confident that our expanded relationship will continue to bring value to FMC.”

Under the new agreement, the facility to be established at Coimbatore, southern India is expected to be in full production by mid-2008.