Praxair China and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) have signed a contract for Praxair to supply industrial gases to SMIC's new FAB 8 facility in Shanghai, China.

Praxair will upgrade its existing facility and pipelines in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park to supply ultra high-purity nitrogen, oxygen, argon, hydrogen and helium to the semiconductor plant. Praxair will also build and operate the purification and gas-monitoring systems located on the site.

Minda Ho, vice president, Praxair China said: $quot;We are proud to be chosen again by SMIC as its strategic supplier for its new state-of-the-art wafer facility. We have been working with SMIC since its inception in 2000 and are pleased to have been a major supplier during its growth as the preeminent semiconductor manufacturer in China.$quot;