Air Products has clinched a contract to supply industrial gases to a new memory fab in Quanzhou City of Fujian Province, China.

The Tier One giant will build a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient nitrogen (N2) plant under the deal with Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co., Ltd. (JHICC), as well as leverage its existing liquid bulk supply capability.

In this respect, Air Products will also supply ultra-high purity gases, including oxygen (O2), hydrogen (H2), helium (He) and argon (Ar) to meet the needs of JHICC’s fab.

This new contract is said to support the booming integrated circuit industry in the North Pacific rim country, which is developing apace on the back of added government investment and the emergence of several industrial clusters in the region.

gasworld Business Intelligence estimates that the industrial gas market was worth approximately $9.4bn in China (2016), of which Air Products commanded an 8% share. Around 10% of total industrial gas sales in the country were to the electronics sector, with strong growth forecast to continue.

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Source: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Air separation unit (ASU) in Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park (NCIP), Eastern China.

Air Products has been operating in southern China for 30 years, with this contract further strengthening its market position in the region.

It recently commissioned a new air separation unit (ASU) in Chongqing City, western China, to support the country’s burgeoning electronics manufacturing industry. The site was built to supply high-quality bulk gases to Chongqing HKC Optoelectronics Technology Co. Ltd. for its production of TFT-LCD panels.

Additionally, Air Products announced further investment in the Nanjing Pukou Economic Development Zone in eastern China last year to serve the increasing gas demand from the integrated circuit industry and others. It has also been supplying major advanced memory fabs in Xi’an since 2014.