Air Liquide will invest more than €300m in four state-of-the-art gases plants in key electronics basins to supply two major semiconductor manufacturers with ultra-high purity industrial gases in Japan.

The industrial gas giant today (March 18) said its staged investment will help produce more than 1.5bn Nmper year of nitrogen and other high purity gases to successfully carry out its newly inked long-term contracts with the undisclosed manufacturers.

In a time where there is high demand for semiconductors, the move will strengthen Air Liquide’s position in the Japanese market and supporting its growth momentum in the sector.

Further to this, the effort will also align with the group’s sustainability objectives, with the plans set to help Air Liquide avoid the emission of an estimated 35,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, compared to previous units. 

François Abrial, Member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee supervising Asia Pacific, said, “We are pleased to strengthen our collaboration with these long-term partners, in line with our strategy to invest for the semiconductor industry and to reinforce our presence in major industrial basins.”

“These contracts illustrate Air Liquide’s capacity to provide our customers with reliable and power-efficient ultra-high purity industrial gas production solutions. They are also aligned with our sustainability objectives, which include helping our customers lower their carbon footprint.”