Praxair Surface Technologies Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Praxair Inc, will complete a multi-million dollar investment to add capacity for advanced coatings in early 2008, in response to strong global demand from industrial gas turbine original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s).

The state-of-the art coatings technology is being added to the company’s facilities in Charlotte, N.C., and Schluechtern, Germany.

The capacity increase is driven by strong demand for industrial gas turbine engines in the power generation sector, as well as the increased use of advanced coatings, according to David Brackins, Vice President of Business Development.

Industrial gas turbine manufacturers continue to produce engines having increased efficiency, higher reliability, and reduced environmental emissions. Thermal spray coatings applied using plasma coating processes significantly enhance the ability of key components to operate within the severe conditions of the engine.