Air Liquide is further expanding its relationship with BOE Technology Group with a major contract award to supply BOE’s new G8.5 Flat Panel Display Device and System Project located in Chongqing, China.

The project - a new display production line - will be commissioned in the first half of 2015 and produce displays for laptops, tablets and high-end monitors, using BOE independent core technologies such as Oxide-TFT or touch technology.

Air Liquide will invest €30m in a high efficiency, turnkey on-site gas supply system that will produce 30,000 Nm3/h of ultra-high purity nitrogen and associated bulk gas infrastructure.

With this new contract, Air Liquide will supply the majority of BOE’s fabs in China with a total of 100,000 Nm3/h of nitrogen for sites in Beijing, Chengdu, Hefei, Ordos and Chongqing.

Founded in 1993, BOE has become the largest supplier focusing on flat panel display technologies, products and solutions in mainland China. BOE ranks in the top five in the global industry in terms of shipment and market share. Up to now, BOE’s accumulated usable patents total over 18,000, with newly increased 4,282 patent applications in 2013.

Mr. Liu Xiaodong, Chief Operating Officer of BOE, commented, “Air Liquide has proven its competitiveness, its supply reliability, and its responsiveness over the years. In particular, Air Liquide understands our needs and is a source of ideas in the development of added-value solutions. We are pleased to count on Air Liquide for this new project in Chongqing and we look forward to a long and fruitful cooperation with Air Liquide.”

Michael J. Graff, Air Liquide Group Senior Vice-President for the Americas and Executive Committee member overseeing Electronics, commented, “This new contract highlights the long-term partnership and the confidence placed in Air Liquide by BOE for their latest Oxide-TFT display fab in Chongqing. This new contract attests to our ability to supply electronics customers with products and services that meet the highest standards, and reaffirms the value and competitiveness of our offer and our position in the fast-growing flat panel industry in China and advanced display technologies in Asia.”

Air Liquide Electronics

With over 3,500 employees and €1,127m in revenue in 2013, Air Liquide Electronics has activities in ultra-pure and specialty gases, new molecules, related equipment, and customised services.

The Electronics business line is based in Asia to improve its proximity to the markets for semiconductors, flat panel displays, and solar photovoltaics.