Praxair

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Praxair, Inc.
Public
Traded as NYSEPX
S&P 500 Component
Industry Chemicals (industrial gases)
Founded 1907
Headquarters Danbury, Connecticut, United States
Key people
Steve Angel - Chairman, President and CEO
Revenue US$ 10.8 billion (2015)
Number of employees
26,000 (2015)
Website http://www.praxair.com

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

History[edit]

The company was 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]

In August 2016 it was publicly announced that the American company was in official negotiations to merger with the German competitor Linde Group, which would form the world's largest gas supplier.[3][4][5][6] The following month in September the negotiations were halted and suspended indefinitely.[7][8][9][10] As of mid December 2016 Praxair has resumed negotiations with Linde for a potential merger [11][12][13][14][15] In late December an official announcement was made that Praxair has reached an agreement to merger with Linde in a deal valued at $35 billion[16] with an overall merger value of $65 billion.[17] In April, 2017 Linde again rejected a request for a shareholder vote at its annual general meeting in May (from German private-investor association DSW).[17] In May 2017, both companies reached a deal in principle on an all-share merger of equals valued at $75 billion,[18] the deal will still need the approval of Praxair's board of directors as well as Linde's management and executive boards[19] and if approved, will form a new holding company.[20] In early June, both companies agreed to the merger.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Praxair, Inc." International Directory of Company Histories. Ed. Paula Kepos. Vol. 11. Detroit: St. James Press, 1995. 402-404
  2. ^ "History". 
  3. ^ Fontanella-Khan, James; Massoudi, Arash (16 August 2016). "Praxair makes move for German rival Linde". ft.com. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Iwasaki, Mariko (16 August 2016). "Praxair in Talks to Acquire Germany's Linde". TheStreet. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Stone, Mike; Hack, Jens (16 August 2016). "UPDATE 3-Gas supplier Praxair opens talks to buy Germay's Linde". CNBC. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Stone, Mike; Hack, Jens (16 August 2016). "Gas suppliers Praxair, Linde hold merger talks". Reuters. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Henning, Eyk. "Praxair, Linde call a halt to merger talks". 
  8. ^ "Subscribe to read". 
  9. ^ Henning, Eyk (12 September 2016). "Praxair and Linde Call Off $60 Billion Merger Talks" – via www.wsj.com. 
  10. ^ "Linde, Praxair end $60 billion merger talks". 12 September 2017 – via Reuters. 
  11. ^ Henning, Eyk (7 December 2016). "Linde Resumes Merger Talks With Praxair" – via www.wsj.com. 
  12. ^ Vielma, Antonio José (29 November 2016). "Praxair reapproaches Linde to resume merger talks: Report". 
  13. ^ "Linde CEO Resigns, Praxair Talks to Resume". 7 December 2016. 
  14. ^ Bray, Chad (7 December 2016). "Linde of Germany to Resume Merger Talks With Praxair" – via NYTimes.com. 
  15. ^ "Linde Accepts Praxair's Offer to Resume Merger Talks". 
  16. ^ "Praxair to Buy Linde for $35 Billion in Industrial-Gas Deal". 20 December 2016 – via www.bloomberg.com. 
  17. ^ a b Editorial, Reuters. "Linde rejects request to vote on Praxair merger at AGM". 
  18. ^ http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-linde-m-a-praxair-idUKKBN18T0HS
  19. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "Linde, Praxair reach agreement on details of merger". 
  20. ^ "Potential Merger - The Linde Group". 
  21. ^ http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-linde-m-a-praxair-idUKKBN18S5YB

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