GE Aviation and Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc., have entered into a definitive agreement to form a joint venture for the development, support, and application of specialized coatings.

The coatings will be tailored for GE Aviation’s and CFM International’s (CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between GE and Snecma [Safran] of France) current and future engine models, including the GE9X and LEAP engines.

This move is the latest in a series of apparently reorganizational steps Praxair has taken in the Southeast US recently. Earlier this month, the company announced it would build a new ASU as part of a contract with Toyra Carbon Fibers America, and at the very start of 2016, Praxair combined joint venture operations with nexAir after first aligning with that company in 2012, resulting in nexAir’s management team leading the combined entity of nexAir and Praxair Distribution Southeast, LLC.

When created, the new joint-venture company will expand its footprint with a new coatings plant in the Southeast US, which will supplement the services provided to GE from Praxair’s Indianapolis facility and other global operations. Additionally, under the agreement, Praxair Surface Technologies’ current scope of services provided to GE Aviation will be expanded. GE Aviation production volume will continue to grow due to a large backlog of commercial engine orders.

Praxair majority ownership

Praxair Surface Technologies will be the majority owner of the venture and will consolidate the results. GE Aviation will hold the remaining membership interests. The parties plan to begin operations during the second quarter of 2016, once regulatory approvals are obtained.

“We are delighted to expand and formalize our long-standing relationship with GE Aviation and combine efforts to provide exceptional service, capabilities and technologies to the growing aviation industry,” said Praxair Surface Technologies President Pierre Lüthi. “Together, we’ll enhance our advanced coating capabilities to provide a dedicated coating source and support the growth of GE’s new engine platforms.”

“This specialized coating joint venture with Praxair will enable us to meet our growing engine production volume,” said Colleen Athans, Vice President and General Manager of GE Aviation’s Supply Chain. “The unique coating capabilities will enhance our engines’ performance and durability, which are key requirements for our customers.”