The Linde Group is investing in its own production, increasing and diversifying its portfolio of third-party sources to meet the growing demand for rare gases in electronics.

Leveraging its cryogenic engineering expertise and industrial gas footprint, Linde has over 35 captive air separation units (ASUs) with rare gas production.

Matt Adams, Head of Sales and Marketing, Electronic Gases & Speciality Products, said, “A year ago we announced that we were increasing neon capacity by 40 million litres at a newly installed neon production facility in La Porte, Texas.”

Adams continued, “We are currently adding rare gas processing capacity at our Medford, Oregon plant as part of our business continuity planning.”

To meet the high-volume commercial adoption of xenon for etch applications in new 3D semiconductor structures, Linde is completing a xenon expansion project later this quarter at its Alpha, New Jersey plant. With xenon sources on three continents, Linde is enlarging its supply and making it more robust.

Andreas Weisheit, Head of Linde Electronics, commented, “We continue to invest globally in our own sources, and at the same time develop additional supply capacity with our partners.”

“Our industry-leading combination of source portfolio and vertical supply chain capability makes Linde a unique provider to the electronics industry,” added Weisheit.

Linde Electronics will be exhibiting at SEMICON West in San Francisco from 11-13th July. SEMICON West is the annual tradeshow for the micro-electronics manufacturing industry. All visitors are invited to visit Linde in booth number 5942 in the North hall in the Moscone Centre.