Praxair Electronics announced the opening of a new components manufacturing facility in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The 45,000 square foot facility that went into full production last month focuses on design and manufacturing of electrostatic chucks (ESC). ESCs are used to hold silicon wafers in vacuum chambers for a wide range of semiconductor processing equipment.

Ray Roberge, president of Praxair Electronics, said: “This facility adds to our global infrastructure enabling Praxair Electronics to support original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with design, fabrication and testing of a variety of ESC products. It has unparalleled materials science capability, technology development and manufacturing support, to meet the needs of current and next-generation applications.

Craig Broman, plant manager, continued: “One of the many benefits of the new facility is an improved, newly designed production floor layout. The facility has high-tech equipment, which has been installed to improve efficiencies, reduce cycle times and increase product throughput.”