Air Products has announced it has signed a long-term/ contract with Xiamen Tianma Microelectronics for the supply of bulk gases.

These bulk gases include ultra high-purity nitrogen and oxygen, hydrogen, argon, and helium at its new facility, which is China’s first 5.5 Generation low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) and color filter production line, at Xiamen Xiang’an Industrial Park, Fujian Province.

Xiamen Tianma is an affiliate of Shenzhen-listed Tianma Microelectronics (Tianma), China’s leading small- and medium-sized TFT-LCD maker.

It leverages Tianma’s abundant experience in research and development, production, and management in the TFT-LCD industry.

The deal marks another win by Air Products and further strengthens its position in China’s fast-growing high-end TFT-LCD market.

“We are honored to again collaborate with Tianma in Xiamen and supply China’s most advanced LTPS LCD facility with our safe and reliable gas solutions and expertise in the TFT-LCD industry,”

said Wayne Mitchell, vice president and general manager of the Electronics Division at Air Products.

He added, “The contract reflects Air Products’ strategy to further strengthen its leadership in China’s electronics industry and grow together with Chinese customers to help them achieve high quality, improve productivity, and raise energy efficiency.”

“We’ve built a long-standing relationship with Air Products and are pleased to join hands again for our advanced new facility in Xiamen,” said Dr. Tieer Gu, general manager of Xiamen Tianma Microelectronics Co. “Air Products is a leading global industrial gases supplier with world-class bulk gases and electronics know-how. We look forward to another successful collaboration to support Tianma’s development in high-end TFT-LCD industry.”

Air Products has been supplying bulk gases to Tianma’s facility in Shanghai and electronics materials to its Chengdu plant.

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