Air Products is to build several large air separation units (ASUs), hydrogen (H2) and compressed dry air plants and a bulk specialty gas supply yard in Western China as part of a contract with Samsung Electronics’.

The Tier One company revealed it has been awarded the industrial gases supply for Samsung Electronics’ second semiconductor fab in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province.

The Xi’an fabrication line, within the Xi’an High-tech Zone (XHTZ), represents one of Samsung’s largest overseas investments and one of the most advanced fabs in China. It produces three-dimensional (3D) vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory chips for a wide range of applications, including embedded NAND storage, solid state drives, mobile devices, and other consumer electronics products. 

Air Products has been supporting this project since 2014 from a large site housing two large ASUs, a H2 plant and a bulk specialty gas delivery system. Under the new award, the US-based company will expand its site by building several large ASUs, H2 and compressed dry air plants, and a bulk specialty gas supply yard to supply ultra-high purity N2, O2, Ar, H2 and compressed dry air to the new fab, which is scheduled to be operational in 2019.

“Samsung is a strategic and longstanding customer for Air Products. It is our honour to have their continued confidence and again be selected to support their business growth and this important project in Western China,” highlighted Kyo-Yung Kim, President of Air Products Korea, who also oversees the company’s electronics investment in the XHTZ.

Continuing to build its strong relationship with Samsung Electronics, Air Products also recently announced the next phases of expansion to build two more N2 plants serving the customer’s giga fab in Pyeongtaek City, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.