Air Liquide has recently strengthened its position in the next generation flat panel displays market, with the signing of several contracts in the sector.

With the new contracts inked, Air Liquide will be broadening its gases and services offering to this thriving electronics market.

Innovation is said to be flourishing in flat panel displays thanks to robust consumer demand for digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, e-readers and 3D televisions.

As this revolution moves forward, demand for a new generation of displays - thinner, lighter, more energy efficient, flexible and offering higher resolution - is also appearing. As a result, new, power efficient display technologies offering high resolution are reaching the mass production phase.

In support of this trend and entry into the next generation display era, Air Liquide recently strengthened its position with each of the flat panel market innovation segments, signing multiple contracts.

The company has been selected to supply the ultra-pure carrier and electronic specialty gases to three new cutting-edge fabs in Singapore, Japan and Taiwan that are manufacturing advanced display technologies

The displays produced will be integrated in the upcoming new generation of smart phones and tablets.

Reinforced offering

Air Liquide has also been chosen to supply electronic specialty gases, equipment and installation, and on-site total gas management services for two new large-scale fabs in China that manufacture large Gen 8.5 panels. The gases will be provided by Air Liquide Electronic Centers strategically located in Asia.

Michael J. Graff, Group Vice-President Americas, also in charge of supervising the Electronics World Business Line and a member of Air Liquide’s Executive Committee commented, “New display technologies offer energy conservation, greater mobility and high performance to consumers. We are proud of the confidence the display industry places in Air Liquide as both a key supplier to its large new fabs and as a partner in innovation.”

“These new contracts reinforce our position in the fast-growing flat panel industry and attest to the competitiveness of our gases and services offer.”

High purity gases are used in the manufacture of the Thin Film Transistor (TFT), which lies at the heart of the FPD technologies: the main role of nitrogen (N2) is to ensure a clean process environment. Electronics Specialty Gases (ESGs), along with other carrier gases, are used either to deposit, clean or functionalise the material layers that constitute the TFT.

In parallel with the many recent contracts it has signed, Air Liquide is partnering with leading customers to develop novel precursors, gases and innovative packaging solutions that help resolve industry challenges in deposition, ion implantation and encapsulation. Those technologies are currently under commercial development.