Linde today said its joint venture, Linde LienHwa (LLH), will invest in additional hydrogen and nitrogen capacity to meet increased demand arising from expansion at Yangtze Memory Technologies Co., Ltd (YMTC), China’s top memory chip design and manufacturing firm.

LLH has been supplying gases to YMTC’s memory fabrication plants in Wuhan, China, since 2017 and through the recent Covid-19 crisis.

With this new investment, LLH will leverage its technology and scale as the incumbent supplier to support YMTC’s rapid growth by doubling hydrogen capacity and expanding nitrogen capacity by more than 35%.

The expansion is slated to come on stream by June 2021.

“This expansion secures our position as the sole supplier of bulk gases to YMTC and is a testament of our customer’s trust in LLH’s strong and reliable track record,” said Stan Tang, President and Managing Director of LLH China.

“We are pleased to have played a crucial role in supporting the rapid ramp up of YMTC’s fabrication plants and look forward to greater mutual success in the future.”