Air Liquide recently won a contract to supply China Electronics Corporation (CEC) with high purity gases, speciality equipment and installation. The recipient, Nanjing CEC Panda LCD Technology Corporation, a subsidiary of CEC, is utilising the supplies at its new facility in Jiangsu Province.
The Nanjing Crystal Valley works is expected to be one of the most advanced 6-generation FPD fabrications in China having accrued total investments of 13.8bn Rmb (€1.5bn).
Francisco Martins, Vice President of World Business Line Electronics at Air Liquide, responded, “We are very honored to start cooperation with a leading company like CEC. This new long-term contract reinforces our position in the fast-growing Chinese TFT-LCD industry and confirms the competitiveness of our gases and services offer. High-Tech and Emerging economies such as China are long-term growth drivers for the Group.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Air Liquide will supply CEC Panda with a turnkey solution. This consists of ultra high purity carrier gases; nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, argon and helium, in addition to turnkey speciality Gas Equipment, installation and on-site gas management. Within this the company will be investing in a new nitrogen production facility which will offer a capacity of 230 tonnes per day. Start-up of the unit is scheduled to commence in July 2011.
Sun Xuejun, Vice General Manager of Nanjing CEC Panda LCD Technology Corporation, commented, “We are greatly impressed by Air Liquide’s strong expertise in Electronic gases. Air Liquide has understood our needs and can provide state-of-the-art solutions. We look forward to a close cooperation with Air Liquide and to benefit from its worldwide capabilities.”