Air Products has announced it has been awarded a major contract from Samsung Electronics in support of its new fabs in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, Western China.

This investment marks Samsung Electronics’ largest ever overseas investment and the most advanced fabs in China.

The contract reinforces Air Products’ global leadership position in the electronics industry and also strengthens its leading role in China by further expanding into the emerging western China region.

Air Products will supply ultra-high purity nitrogen and other bulk gases, including oxygen, argon, hydrogen. helium and compressed dry air, to Samsung Electronics’ fabs in Xi’an High Tech Zone, where the first phase is scheduled to be operational in the second half of 2013. In addition, liquid products will be supplied to the merchant market in the region. Under the contract, Air Products will build several large air separation plants.

The memory products produced from the fabs will be widely used in portable devices such as smart phones, tablet computers, digital cameras, USB drive, and other consumer electronics markets where China represents a major market.

“Samsung is a long-standing and strategic customer for Air Products worldwide. We are honored to have their continued confidence in our capabilities and to be selected to support the most advanced fabs in China,” said Wayne Mitchell, vice president and general manager of the Electronics Division at Air Products. “This significant contract further positions Air Products as a reliable supplier for Samsung and the semiconductor industry.”

Air Products has been accelerating its growth in western China. The company first entered Shaanxi Province in 2006 to serve the electronics industry and has recently won several major contracts for its Tonnage business. The company also recently announced the grand opening of its new office in Xi’an High Tech Zone, which includes engineering capabilities to support its fast business growth in China. 

Air Products has been serving the global electronics industry for more than 40 years and gained leadership positions in semiconductor, TFT-LCD, and other emerging markets with its integrated gases and services solutions.