Air Liquide will invest more than €100m to supply ultra-pure carrier gases to customer fabs that manufacture integrated circuits and memory for consumer electronics and mobile devices.

Since the beginning of 2015, Air Liquide has signed several new long-term contracts with major semiconductor manufacturers in Japan, Singapore and Taiwan.

These investments in world-class efficiency ultra-high purity onsite nitrogen generation systems represent a total production capacity of more than 100,000 Nm3/h of nitrogen.

Carrier gases such as ultra-pure nitrogen are vital to the leading edge semiconductor industry. These gases are used directly in the chip manufacturing process as well as to maintain an ultra-clean atmosphere to protect manufacturing tools.

Worldwide consumer demand for smartphones and other mobile devices is driving the need for more efficient semiconductor components such as mobile processors, wireless communication chips and memory. This market continues to expand, driven in particular by the rise of the internet of things and big data.

Michael J. Graff, Senior Vice-President for the Americas and member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee supervising Electronics, commented, “These new contracts illustrate our ability to supply electronics customers with products and services that meet the highest standards.”

“They attest to the value and competitiveness of our offer and our position in the fast-growing semiconductor industry. With these new contracts, the Group reinforces its leading position in growing markets, especially in Asia.”