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Praxair, Inc. (NYSE:PX) is a global, Fortune 300 company that supplies atmospheric, process and specialty gases, high-performance coatings, and related services and technologies to a wide diversity of customers.
Praxair adopted its name in 1992, from the Greek word "praxis", or practical application, and "air", our primary raw material. The company was originally founded in 1907 when it was the first company in North America to commercialize cryogenically separated oxygen.
Over the century of its existence, Praxair has led in the development of processes and technologies that have revolutionized the industrial gases industry. The company introduced the first distribution system for liquid gas in 1917, and developed on-site gas supply by the end of WWII. In the 1960s, Praxair introduced non-cryogenic means of air separation, and since then has continued to introduce innovative applications technologies for various industries. The company holds almost 3,000 patents.
Praxair serves a wide range of industries: aerospace, food and beverages, healthcare, semiconductors, chemicals, refining, oil and gas production, primary metals and metal fabrication, as well as other areas of general industry.
Praxair is committed to the following:
maintaining a balanced program to help protect you and your family while you are employed and when you retire,
providing the best value for the dollars we spend, and
remaining competitive in our industry and in the job marketplace
To be the best performing industrial gases company in the world as determined by our customers, employees, shareholders, suppliers and the communities in which we operate.
» Total customer satisfaction
» Results driven
» People excellence
» Safety and environmental excellence
» Increasing shareholder wealth
» Personal Accountability
» Externally driven
» Urgency of action
» Winning - making money
At Praxair, we are committed to:
» Meet customer expectations all of the time
» Deliver safe and environmentally acceptable products on time
» Operate facilities to ensure employee and community safety
» Improve customers' ease of doing business with Praxair
» Remain committed to continuous quality improvement
Praxair is committed to finding innovative ways to help our customers grow and our shareholders prosper. Key to the success of these efforts is Six Sigma. Launched three years ago, the Six Sigma methodology is quickly becoming the way Praxair does business.
What is Six Sigma?
Technically speaking, Six Sigma means 3.4 defects per million opportunities. At Praxair, Six Sigma is viewed as the next logical step in the company’s continuous productivity improvement efforts.
Six Sigma teaches us to identify what is most important to the customer and then, use data and measurements to systematically drive meaningful improvements in our performance against those criteria. The goal is to serve customers better than any other supplier.
At the heart of a successful company are people, eager to broaden their knowledge and contribute to the organization. From plant operations to support groups, from field representatives to headquarters, Praxair people are collaborating to achieve our company vision.
Praxair employees are increasing efficiency and applying their skills to a variety of tasks with a heightened urgency to produce superior results. Today our highly competitive and successful team shares a commitment to safety and excellence, and demonstrates a diversity of backgrounds, talents and perspectives. Praxair people make decisions with confidence within a dynamic company culture that allows risk-taking and demands accountability for results at all levels, from first-year employees to seasoned executives.
Praxair's primary products are:
» atmospheric gases -- oxygen, nitrogen, argon and rare gases (produced when air is purified, compressed, cooled, distilled and condensed), and
» process & specialty gases -- carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, semiconductor process gases, and acetylene (produced as by-products of chemical production or recovered from natural gas).
The company also designs, engineers and constructs cryogenic and non-cryogenic supply systems.
Praxair Surface Technologies is a subsidiary that applies metallic and ceramic coatings and powders to metal surfaces in order to resist wear, high temperatures and corrosion.
At Praxair, we’re proud to have created one of the most skilled and respected workforces in our industry. By applying innovative thinking and diverse points of view to pressing, real-world problems, our employees are creating the technology, products and services that make a difference to the lives of people everywhere as well as helping to sustain and protect our planet.
To advance our commitment to diversity, Praxair has embraced it as a formal business function through the Office of Diversity Management. Additionally, Praxair’s CEO chairs the Diversity Steering Committee that supports the director of diversity management to ensure that progress in diversity is a top priority.
Diversity management influences our business and culture at Praxair in a number of ways.
Workforce – Our approach is straightforward: we want to engage a wide range of capable individuals from different cultures, backgrounds, geographic locations and other experiences to bring increasing value to our shareholders. Praxair views differences as assets rather than liabilities, maximizing the potential talents and abilities of all Praxair’s people, and appreciating each individual for who they are, and how they can contribute to the success and growth of our global business.
Customer – The people and companies that we serve each day are increasingly diverse. Understanding and appreciating diversity is a catalyst to better customer service in the global marketplace. Additionally, we value and support our customer’s efforts to be good corporate citizens in their efforts to support diversity.
Philanthropy & Community Relations – Through volunteerism and giving, Praxair supports a diverse group of organizations that improve the quality of life in communities where our colleagues live, work and play.
Supplier Diversity – A diverse team of people that supply Praxair with goods and services is critical to the success of our business. We track and promote business with diverse partners as we deliver excellent services and products to our customers around the world.
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