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Praxair, Inc.
Traded as NYSEPX
S&P 500 Component
Industry Chemicals (industrial gases)
Founded 1907
Headquarters Danbury, Connecticut
Key people
Steve Angel - Chairman, President and CEO
Revenue US$ 12 billion (2013)
Number of employees
27,000 (2014)

Praxair, Inc. is an industrial gases company. It is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and the third-largest worldwide by revenue.


The company was originally founded by Carl von Linde as Linde Air Products Company in 1907. In 1917, it joined with 4 other chemical companies under the name Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation, while maintaining a separate identity.[1] Its degree of independence waxed and waned over the years, and in 1989, it was spun off as a subsidiary, Union Carbide Industrial Gases Inc., and renamed to Praxair when it became a formally independent company three years later.[2] The name is derived from a combination of the Greek word "praxis", or practical application, and "air", the company's primary raw material.[citation needed]

Praxair was the first company in North America to commercialize cryogenically separated oxygen.[citation needed] The company introduced the first distribution system for liquid gas in 1917 and developed on-site gas supply in the 1940s.[citation needed] In the 1960s, Praxair introduced non-cryogenic means of air separation.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Praxair, Inc." International Directory of Company Histories. Ed. Paula Kepos. Vol. 11. Detroit: St. James Press, 1995. 402-404
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