In recent years, demand from the electronics industry for cleaning gases for large flat panel display and silicon thin film photovoltaic manufacturing has grown significantly.

Air Liquide brings its global presence, infrastructure and existing gas supply relationships with leading manufacturers to the joint venture, a partnership that will also leverage Solvay’s 45 years of experience in running large-scale fluorine production and raw material supply chains.Establishment of the joint venture is subject to the approval of the appropriate antitrust authorities.

François Darchis, a member of Air Liquide’s Executive Committee, commented: “This new step will allow Air Liquide to expand its offer in this fast growing electronics market. Solvay brings its field-proven fluorine production technology and expertise. By developing this non-greenhouse cleaning solution alternative for our customers, Air Liquide reiterates its commitment to environmental preservation. High-Tech solutions and the Environment are two of the Air Liquide Group’s growth drivers.”

Vincent De Cuyper, Group General Manager of the Chemicals Sector and Member of the Executive Committee of Solvay said: “This partnership will help satisfy growing world demand for cleaning gases. The combination of market experience and know how from Air Liquide, the market leader in gases for the electronic industry, and Solvay’s proprietary breakthrough modular technology, will enable our partnership to offer significant economic benefits to its customers and bring at the same time advantages for the environment.”