Capitalising on the growth of the display industry in China, Linde Gases has become a major supplier of bulk and electronics specialty gases to China’s flat panel display industry with three major new contracts.

Linde’s joint ventures Linde LienHwa and Linde GISE have been awarded major bulk gas supply contracts by the three largest display manufacturers in China, Samsung Electronics, BOE and ChinaStar Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT).

The contracts are for their Gen 8.5 facilities, to increase the cost effectiveness and environmental efficiency of their display manufacturing process.

Linde’s total investment in on-site gas generation plants and related equipment for the three projects is in the range of €100m.

To support innovation in the display sector, Linde has also established two new high-purity nitrous oxide (N2O) gas facilities in Taiwan and Korea and newly acquired a third plant in China. The aim of this major investment is to accelerate the adoption of metal oxide transistors by display manufacturers, which will enable the cost-effective development of next-generation ultra high definition (UHD) 3D TFT-LCD and OLED displays.

Andrew Lau, President and General Manager of LLH China, expressed his strong confidence in the electronics business in China and affirmed, “These significant wins not only strengthen our industry references in China, but also demonstrate our continuous commitment to our customers with the state-of-the-art manufacturing solutions.”

Linde cites the majority of its new business as being fuelled by the adoption of the SPECTRA-N on-site nitrogen generator series that offers up to 30% lower power consumption, and the success of Linde’s Electronics Specialty Gases facility in Suzhou which is distributing a comprehensive range of over 40 specialty gases to any display fab anywhere in China.

Of the three landmark agreements:

·   Linde LienHwa (LLH) will invest up to €50m in its long-term deal with Samsung Electronics at Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP),

·   LLH has opened a major ultra-high purity gas plant at BOE Technology Group Co. Ltd’s 8.5 Gen Display manufacturing facility in Beijing.

·   Linde-GISE, the group’s joint venture for industrial gases in the Guangdong province of China, has made a significant investment of €22m to construct an on-site gases supply facility in CSOT’s Gen 8.5 display fab in Guangming High Technology Park in Shenzhen.

As part of the latter deal, Linde-GISE has built a SPECTRA-N on-site nitrogen generator, the largest of its type in China, delivering up to 30,000 Nm3 of ultra-high purity nitrogen per hour.

Peter Owen, Head of Linde’s Global Electronics business and Asia Joint Venture Management, said, “Working with Samsung Electronics, BOE and CSOT enables us to further develop and extend our leading gases solutions in the Chinese display market. These agreements strengthen our position as a leading gas supplier for the country’s electronics industry, and demonstrate the increasing demand for our gases from electronics manufacturers looking for the most technologically advanced, cost effective and environmentally sustainable solutions.”