Praxair launches coating production cell for airframe applications


Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Praxair, Inc, has announced the commissioning of a dedicated production cell for applying metallic and ceramic coatings to airframe components.

Based in St. Etienne, France, the new production cell will provide automated high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) coating services for components used in actuation, landing gear and gearbox systems on rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.

“Expanding the capabilities at our St. Etienne facility will provide European-based airframe system manufacturers with the most advanced coatings to combat wear, friction, corrosion, erosion and other problems,” said Mark Gruninger, Praxair Surface Technologies President.

“At the same time, we will help our customers reduce their environmental footprint as the aviation industry moves to replace hard chrome plating with greener alternatives.”

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