Air Liquide will invest $60m to build, own and operate onsite plants and systems at a new manufacturing site in Phoenix, Arizona, to supply ultra-high purity hydrogen, helium and carbon dioxide to one of the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturers.

The industrial gas giant today (25th Jan) confirmed the news, stating it has inked a new deal with the undisclosed manufacturer, which should see operations and supply begin in the second half of this year (2022).

Michael Graff, Executive Vice-President and Executive Committee Member of the Air Liquide Group, said, “Air Liquide is proud to support the growth of semiconductor manufacturing in the US.”

“We aim to partner with customers as they endeavour to expand their manufacturing footprint in areas such as Arizona, a state where Air Liquide has an established presence and significant infrastructure.”

“This investment illustrates Air Liquide’s ability to meet the stringent, high-purity gas and advanced material needs of semiconductor manufacturers wherever they operate.”

Air Liquide Electronics has long served the semiconductor industry, producing and supplying onsite gases with the purity, reliability and quality required for the most advanced semiconductor manufacturing sites.