Air Products has revealed the next phases of expansion to build two more nitrogen (N2) plants serving Samsung Electronics’ giga fab in South Korea.
The Tier One company was awarded a major contract by Samsung Electronics in 2015 to build multiple production facilities across multiple phases. Air Products built an ultra-high purity N2 plant, hydrogen (H2) generators, a liquefier, and a bulk specialty supply system in phase one.
The company recently brought its second ultra-high purity N2 plant on-stream, marking the completion of its phase two expansion to supply additional N2 to the fab in Pyeongtaek City, Gyeonggi Province.
President of Air Products Korea, Kyo-Yung Kim, said Air Products had reached another milestone in Korea as it brought additional N2 capacity on-stream on schedule. He added, “We are embarking on our next phases of expansion to support this multi-billion-dollar fab in Pyeongtaek. Our investment reinforces Air Products’ dedication and supply position in the expanding northern region.”
Electronics gases – Conviction and ever-growing consumption
From perceived to being in something of a demand lull 5+ years ago, the electronics gases business is firmly in vogue right now, as the further expansion of Air Products’ supply to Samsung demonstrates.
As Air Products explains, the expansion is the latest stage in a multi-phase elaboration of its nitrogen delivery to the electronics giant’s giga fab.
It is also the latest in a long line of electronics-related project news for the gases industry, with a plethora of high-profile plants and contracts revealed across the US, China and South Korea in recent months and years.
The reason for this? The semiconductor sector is enjoying a period of clarity and conviction, as we reflect in our upcoming February 2018 issue of gasworld magazine. There’s less confusion about ‘the next big thing’ and more conviction in the technological roadmap it aims to pursue…