Electronic Specialty Gases (ESG) are used by semiconductor and flat panel manufacturers at various steps of their processes. Air Liquide Electronics is a leading ESG player worldwide, and ESG represent more than 25 percent of its sales.

The company sources its molecules worldwide, and especially in Asia, through a centralized organization based in Taipei, Taiwan. This centralization enables Air Liquide to maximize its purchasing power. For each molecule, Air Liquide selects each year a minimum of three suppliers, and deploys a supplier management programme, with regular quality and safety audits, as well as continuous gathering and analyzing a statistical process control data.

Air Liquide Electronics winning raw materials suppliers are:

•Best Safety Supplier Award: REC Group (Norway)
•Leading ESG Supplier Award: KANTO DENKA KOGYO Co. Ltd. (Japan)
•Best Service Supplier Award: SODIFF Advanced Materials Co. Ltd. (South Korea)
•Best New Supplier Award: Ulsan Chemical Co. Ltd. (South Korea).

During the presentation of Supplier Awards in Seoul, on 31st January 2007, Christophe Fontaine, vice president electronics of Air Liquide said: $quot;Building strong partnerships with competitive suppliers worldwide is key to our success in the electronics business.$quot;