Air Liquide have signed a 10-year contract to supply DongbuAnam Semiconductor Inc in Korea.

The Bucheon Facility 30 km from Seoul was already using an on-site nitrogen generator designed and installed by Air Liquide in January 1998, which they were operating.

With the new contract, Air Liquide will operate and expend the nitrogen generator in order to produce 5,000Nm3/Hr of high purity nitrogen to meet the customer’s present and future requirements.

Air Liquide will also supply all the liquid gases used in this plant such as oxygen, argon as well as some electronics speciality gases.

Commenting on the new contract, Vice President of Electronics for Air Liquide, Christophe Fontaine said, “This is an excellent opportunity for Air Liquide to strengthen its presence in Korea, building on its know-how and proximity. Korea is becoming a centre of excellence in the semiconductor market and we are ready to accompany its increasing needs for gases, equipment and related services as we do for leading electronics companies worldwide.”

South Korea supports a fast growing wafer fab activity for the electronics industry, which is driven by several worldwide leaders in the semiconductors market. Wafer fabs produce ready to integrate chips for many international groups, which manufacture electronic appliances including mobile phones, personal computers, organisers and flat panels.

Manufacturing “chips” requires a continuous flow of ultra pure nitrogen to prevent oxidation of super sensitive components during the production process.