Air Products has clinched a contract to build a nitrogen (N2) plant for the Tianjin facility of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC).

Air Products will build a new fab as part of the expansion project to become the world’s largest integrated 8-inch Integrated circuit (IC) production line with capacity of 150,000 wafers/month. The company will also be leveraging SMIC’s existing air separation unit and liquid gases capacity to supply a broad range of high-purity bulk gases, including N2, oxygen (O2), argon (Ar), carbon dioxide (CO2), hydrogen (H2) and helium (He), as well as compressed dry air.

Saw Choon Seong, China President, Industrial Gases, at Air Products, said, “Air Products is committed to supporting our customers’ growth and the advancement of China’s IC and other electronics manufacturing industries as guided by the government’s 13th Five-Year Plan and ‘Made in China 2025’ strategy. By expanding our capacity in Tianjin and XEDA, we will have an even stronger position with our infrastructure and pipeline network. We are prepared to meet the increasing demands from the thriving electronics and other high-end manufacturing industries, while growing our business further.”

According to gasworld’s Senior Business Analyst, James Barr, the Chinese industrial gases market was valued at around $9.4bn in 2016, with Air Products occupying a market share of approximately 9%. The company has been investing heavily in the country’s market over the past 12 months, announcing multiple new plant additions that will primarily serve China’s booming electronics industry.