Air Liquide signs contract with SMIC


Air Liquide has signed a long-term contract with the leading circuit foundry in China, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC).

Under the terms of the contract – which is for SMIC’s new 200mm and 300mm wafer fabs in Shenzen – Air Liquide will supply carrier gases, including nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, argon and compressed air, as well as specialty gases, with start-up scheduled early 2010.

To support this contract and the development of the electronics industry in South China, Air Liquide will invest in various facilities and production units, with the first phase of this plan amounting to €13m.

Founded in April 2000, SMIC is the world’s third largest semiconductor foundry, and mainland China’s largest and most advanced foundry, providing integrated circuit foundry and technology services.

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