Praxair China has begun supplying a range of gases to Shanghai Hua Li Microelectronics Corporation’s 12-inch integrated-circuit chips production line.

Hua Li is a state-owned company engaged in the production of advanced integrated circuits.

The company will be supplied with compressed dry air, ultra-high-purity oxygen, nitrogen, argon, hydrogen and helium, according to a Praxair press release.

“Praxair has been participating actively in the dramatic growth of China’s integrated circuit industry, bringing value-added and energy-efficient solutions to our customers,” said Minda Ho, President of Praxair China.

Zhangjiang High-Tech Park of Shanghai is one of the top high-tech parks in China and Praxair is the leading gas supplier in the park. The semiconductor integrated circuit industry has been defined as a national strategic and fundamental industry in China since the 1990’s. The Chinese government planned a number of national priority projects in order to catch up with world-class integrated circuit technology.