Japan Air Gases (JAG), now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air Liquide, has announced it is to invest around €15m in a new Electronics Material Centre (EMC) in the Harima Science Park in Ako, north west of Osaka.

To support further growth of the dynamic sector of Electronics Specialty Gases, JAG is investing around €15 million in the new centre which will be dedicated to silane bundle transfilling as well as other high value molecules, while also creating capacities for further expansion.

The demand for Electronic Specialty Gases (ESG) is continuously increasing led by the growth of the semiconductor, flat panel manufacturers and solar cells industry.

Christophe Fontaine, vice-president electronics for Air Liquide Group, commented, “This new JAG investment is in line with Air Liquide’s strategy to actively invest in fast-growing markets, such as the supply of gases and advanced materials for the electronics industry in Japan. It will enable us to strengthen our overall supply chain, particularly in the west of Japan but also to support our customers even more effectively in other parts of Japan, as well as in Asia.”

JAG has a leading position in Japan with two EMC’s, one in Tsukuba and one in Ina. This third centre in Japan will reinforce the reliability of supply and increase the logistics’ efficiency. It will be operational by 2008 and will strengthen Air Liquide Electronics’ worldwide presence.