Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. and its commercial partner ATMI have announced the first-ever air transport of an SDS3-Arsine cylinder, after the historic event occurred on 17th January 2008 aboard an Atlas Polar Freighter from Chicago to Incheon International Airport in Korea.

The flight was monumental in that it represents the first time a Division 2.3 Zone A material was authorised for air transportation, as strict US guidelines usually restrict such materials from air travel and the move signifies a leap forward in the supply chain of packaged gases products.

According to Jerrold Sameth, Vice President of Corporate Gas Technology for Matheson Tri-Gas Inc, “This is not only a monumental step forward in terms of aviation transport, it also has the immediate effect of drastically reducing the risks of a potential supply chain interruption because of a problem with surface transportation such as a port closure, and we now have the ability to expedite shipments.”

“SDS3 is the only packaging technology that is allowed to be transported by air while containing Division 2.3 Zone A material. This is another clear endorsement of SDS® as the safest means to deliver hazardous implant gases, and it gives our international customers and partners a clear advantage in terms of supply chain flexibility,” added Sameth.

SDS technology has been recognised by the Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturers Industry and American Chemical Society for its innovative approach to reducing the risks associated with hazardous materials, while since its introduction over 100,000 SDS cylinders have been shipped without a reportable incident.

Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. and ATMI initially approached the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) in March 2005 with a proposal to allow air shipment of Division 2.3 Zone A material in SDS®3 packages. After a careful two-year review, the DOT issued a Special Permit to Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. and ATMI to allow several of the SDS®3 gases to be shipped by air using an overpack cylinder especially designed for this purpose.