The Linde Group is expanding its commitment to China and the Asia Pacific region through a multi-million-euro investment in new onsite gas production facilities.

The €110m ($117m) capital is being allocated for new onsite gas production facilities in major electronics manufacturing clusters in the eastern and central provinces of China.

Through its electronics gases joint venture in China, Linde LienHwa, together with Linde’s Engineering Division, will design and construct multiple gaseous nitrogen (N2) plants with a combined capacity of over 110,000 Nm3 per hour, plus several other bulk gas supply systems.

All the plants are due to be on-stream by the end of 2017.

According to gasworld Business Intelligence, Linde and its associated subsidiaries hold a market share of approximately 16% in the North Pacific rim country. This latest investment seeks to support the Tier One player’s multiple long-term contracts to provide electronics gases with new and established customers in the region.

“Linde’s over €110m ($117m) in new onsite plant investments demonstrates our commitment to the rapidly developing Chinese electronics manufacturing sector”

Stan Tang, President and General Manager of Linde LienHwa

Stan Tang, President and General Manager of Linde LienHwa in China, stated, “Linde’s over €110m ($117m) in new onsite plant investments demonstrates our commitment to the rapidly developing Chinese electronics manufacturing sector. The supply contracts that Linde has secured in China validate our customers’ confidence in the safety, quality and reliability of our gases supply and systems.”

Sanjiv Lamba, Member of the Executive Board of Linde AG and Chief Operating Officer for Asia Pacific added that the Asia region will “continue to be a growth driver” for Linde and confirmed future investments from the company.

Around half of all new semiconductor fab investments in the next few years will be in China, according to global trade association Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI). gasworld Business Intelligence also identified that total sales of gas to China’s electronics sector amounted to around $880m in 2015.