Specialty gases in China: More domestic production desired


As a result of the Zhongxin issue, the Huawei issue, and the recent trade wars, not only is China’s central government urging the semiconductor industry to expedite the advancement of domestic chip manufacture, the country’s specialty gas industry is also calling for an acceleration of domestic specialty and electronics gas (ESGs) manufacture.

Domestic manufacturers are concerned that specialty gases and ESGs could be the next victims in any trade tussle, because they are instrumental to the development and manufacture of high-end electronics and the semiconductor industry overall.

At the end of last year, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology formally published a list of 166 categories of ‘Critical New Materials’ that are encouraged to be produced in China, including metals, plastics, ceramics, for specific applications in different industries. Specialty gases are also among these products. In fact, the central government’s determination to promote the domestic production of specialty gases can be traced back as early as 2009.

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