Linde has signed a multi-year supply agreement with Sodiff Advanced Materials for electronic grade silane to be supplied from its facility at Youngju, Korea, demonstrating not only the group’s commitment to customers but also the trend for increasing demand from markets such as photovoltaics (PV).

The contract will secure a significant proportion of the output from the new 2000 tonnes per annum (tpa) plant which will come on-stream in the second half of 2009.

Alex Cahill, Supply Chain Director for Linde Electronics said, “Sodiff has become a major supplier of silane and other electronic grade gases to The Linde Group over the last few years. They have a proven track record in the manufacture and supply of this key material, which is now qualified at all our global sites.”

Highlighting the trend for growth in the PV market and the industrial and specialty gas requirements this presents, Cahill added, “This agreement demonstrates our commitment to customers, especially those in the emerging thin film photovoltaic (PV) market, by securing the long term supply of silane for the coming years.”

A Sodiff representative affirmed, “The recently announced capacity expansions will enable Sodiff to provide a quality product with competitive pricing to existing and potential clients through its operational excellence and innovative cost-saving technology. We believe this supply agreement with Linde will also significantly contribute to the overall growth of the thin film PV industry.”

The silane from the Sodiff plant will complement production from other global manufacturers to provide additional security of supply for Linde’s customers in the semiconductor, flat panel and photo-voltaic markets.