Air Liquide will invest approximately €70m in a new state-of-the-art gases plant in Wuhan, Central China, to produce 52,00 Nm3 of nitrogen an hour, as well as oxygen, argon and other ultra-high purity gases.

Confirming the news today (28th June), the industrial gas giant said the plant will supply a major memory chipmaker, having already signed a long-term supply agreement.

It is hoped that the plant will be operational next year (2022).

Commenting on the development, François Abrial, Member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee supervising Asia Pacific, said, “Wuhan, where Air Liquide has been present since 2007, is a key electronics basin for the Group.”

“We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with our client, a flash memory leader we have been successfully collaborating with for more than 12 years.”

“This new production facility will strengthen Air Liquide’s position in China and support the growth momentum of the Group’s Electronics activities in the country.”

The development is thought to more generally allow Air Liquide to support the growth of the semiconductor sector in the Wuhan basis.

Air Liquide has been producing ultra-pure industrial gases for this leading Chinese high-tech company for more than 12 years.