Air Liquide is taking advantage of growth in the electronics industry in Taiwan, after announcing two important contracts in the country for the supply of ultra pure gases to new fab projects expected to be underway in the next few years.

In 2007, Taiwan became the world’s leading manufacturer of flat panel displays and accounted for around 45% of the global production. Strong growth is again expected this year, reinforced by the announcement of some new fab projects from the island’s main players – with Air Liquide set to play a prominent role in these developments.

InnoLux Display Corporation has signed an agreement with Air Liquide for the supply of ultra pure gases to its future TFT-LCD fab in Hsin-Chu Southern Science Industrial Park. As part of the agreement, the French gases company will supply ultra pure carrier gases, including nitrogen produced locally by an on-site High Purity Nitrogen (HPN) generator. Operations are expected to start in 2009.

ChiMei Optoelectronics (CMO) has also awarded Air Liquide a long-term contract to provide ultra pure nitrogen from an on-site generator and carrier gases (oxygen, argon, helium and hydrogen) for its new fab in Luchu, Kaohsiung.

Christophe Fontaine, Vice-President Electronics Group, declared, “We are very proud to partner with Innolux and ChiMei, two of the country’s first class high tech players. The flat panel display industry is growing very rapidly and will enable us to accelerate our growth in Taiwan and North East Asia.”

Air Liquide will also provide and install Electronics Specialty Gases dispensing equipment for the CMO fab in Luchu, while the two High Purity Nitrogen (HPN) generators for InnoLux’s site will be designed and built at Air Liquide’s Japanese site located in Harima, near Kobe. Total investments amount to approximately €15m.