By Joanna Sampson2018-01-08T09:29:00+00:00
Air Liquide is celebrating a record year in Asia having signed several new long-term contracts last year with major electronics manufacturers in China, as well as Japan and Singapore.
The Tier One company is to invest €150m ($180m) in the region to supply ultra-pure carrier gases to its customers’ new fabs which manufacture integrated circuits, memory, imaging sensors and flat panel displays for consumer electronics and mobile devices.
It will invest in new world class efficiency ultra-high purity onsite nitrogen (N2) generation systems representing a total production capacity of 170,000 Nm3/h.
A press release said the demand for Air Liquide’s Advanced Materials continues to grow in the Asia-Pacific region, notably in China, South Korea and Japan.
Michael J. Graff, Air Liquide’s Executive Vice-President and member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee supervising Electronics, said Air Liquide continues to demonstrate its leadership in Electronics in Asia, adding, “The new contracts illustrate Air Liquide’s ability to supply electronics customers with products and services that meet the highest standards in the fast-growing semiconductor and flat panel industry.”
Air Liquide has inaugurated its Smart Innovative Operations (SIO) Centre for the Southeast Asia Pacific region, located in Malaysia.
Rewind 3 to 4 years, and much of the conjecture in the electronics business surrounded the next wave of expected technologies and wafer fabrication processes, from 450mm wafers to 14 nanometer (14nm) node transistors to lithographic patterning.
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