Air Products has announced that it has been awarded the Supplier Excellence Award by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC), the largest semiconductor foundry in the world.

The award recognises Air Products’ excellent performance in the areas of gases and chemicals.

The Supplier of the Year Award, which has eight distinct categories, surveys and ranks more than 300 suppliers in the areas of quality, cost, delivery, service, technology, and safety provided to TSMC.

The 2009 award marks the fifth time in the last eight years that Air Products has won, and it is the first time the company has been recognised in both the gases and chemicals categories in the same year.

“It is a great honour to receive both the gases and chemicals Supplier Excellence Award for the first time,” said Mike Hilton, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Electronics and Performance Materials at Air Products.

“The awards will serve as a real encouragement for our team, as well as an inspiration to continue to improve,” he added.

“TSMC’s commitment to lead the growth in semiconductor technology mirrors Air Products’ desire to develop innovations to meet constantly evolving new technology needs.”

The award was presented during TSMC’s 2009 Supply Chain Management Forum, held on 4th December 2009, and attended by more than 350 representatives from the world’s leading suppliers in the semiconductor manufacturing industry.

Air Products, through its subsidiary in Taiwan, Air Products San Fu, supplies all TSMC’s fabs at the Hsinchu and Tainan Science Parks, as well as other TSMC locations, with bulk and cylinder electronic specialty gases, MEGASYS™ services and GASGUARD® gas cabinets.