Both Air Products and Linde have joined forces to create ‘Hydrochlor’; a 50:50 joint venture to supply high-purity anhydrous hydrochloric acid (HCI) to the electronics and other industries.
Corning Painter, Vice President and General Manager of Electronics for Air Products, commented, “This significant investment in Hydrochlor secures a vital domestic supply of high-purity HCI for a variety of end markets. The Hydrochlor agreement is another example of Air Products’ commitment to ensuring surety of supply of critical materials to our customers.”
According to agreement terms, Hydrochlor will construct a new facility to process and package HCI supplied via a pipeline from The Dow Chemical Company. This new unit will be located in Texas at the Dow’s Freeport site and is scheduled to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2012.
The Hydrochlor project will be overseen by a team of managers made up from both constituent firms. The HCI will be sold exclusively to the joint venture partners, who will continue to market HCI independently.
Cliff Caldwell, Vice President of Electronics and Speciality Gases for Linde North America described Hydrochlor as an ‘important development’ for customers.
He said, “There have been concerns regarding the continuity of supply for high-purity HCl into the merchant market for some time. This new production and filling plant will finally put these concerns to rest. When completed, the Freeport facility will be the largest HCl production plant in the country and will allow Linde to continue supplying critical high-purity HCl to its U.S. and international customers.”