Air Products will expand its tungsten hexafluoride (WF6) capacity at its electronic specialty material manufacturing facility in the United States.

The new capacity will come on-stream early this year. The expansion enables Air Products to produce 60 percent more WF6 for the semiconductor industry, in particular, memory chip manufacturers.

The unit will be an exact duplicate of Air Products' existing production capabilities, including all nickel construction with automated process systems and a proprietary distillation process to remove impurities.

Corning Painter, vice president of electronics fro Air Products, said: $quot;We forecast solid growth for WF6 and feel that the timing is right to add more capacity, and further extend our leadership in fluorine chemistry.$quot;