Air Products has brought a new nitrogen plant in China on stream for InfoVision Optoelectronics (IVO), a leading Chinese producer of flat-panel displays. It is the first nitrogen plant of its kind that was designed and built locally in China.

This plant is located at IVO's factory in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province and provides nitrogen to IVO under a long-term contract and is the first Air Products nitrogen plant in China commissioned using local resources including design, manufacturing and construction. The cold box was fabricated by Air Products' equipment manufacturing facility in Caojing, Shanghai, and the main air compressor was assembled locally.

$quot;The successful completion of this project is a milestone in our development in China. The localization not only allows us to meet the project targets on time, it also enables us to supply our customer with reliable bulk nitrogen at a competitive cost while maintaining the quality standards for which Air Products is known worldwide. This greatly reinforces our position as a leading gas supplier to China's electronics
industry,$quot; said Andy Tuan, general manager of the Electronics Division in China, Air Products.

IVO produces 5G TFT-LCD panels in a state-of-the-art production centre that represents a US$1 billion investment and is a major project under China's Eleventh Five-Year Plan.