Air Products today announced its site in the Xi’an High-tech Zone (XHTZ), Shaanxi Province, China, recently celebrated being brought fully on-stream to supply bulk gases to Samsung Electronics’ advanced semiconductor fabs.

The deal is one of Samsung’s largest overseas investments and the most advanced fabs in China. Air Products facility had begun operations at XHTZ earlier this year.

“We are honoured to have been awarded major contracts from our long-standing and strategic customer to support their business growth and development in western China,’ said Kyo-Yung Kim, President of Air Products Korea, who also oversees the company’s electronics investment in the XHTZ, at the site opening ceremony. “The opening of our Xi’an site marks a significant milestone for Air Products in China and in the electronics industry. The production facilities and associated infrastructure have been brought on-stream on schedule with proven safety performance. It demonstrates Air Products’ world-leading expertise and experience in serving the semiconductor and electronics industries with safety, reliability and operational excellence.”

The 55,000-square-metre site currently houses two large air separation units and a hydrogen plant which supply ultra-high purity nitrogen and other bulk gases including oxygen, argon, hydrogen, helium and compressed dry air to Samsung Electronics’ Fab One. New bulk specialty gas and chemical delivery systems have also been constructed and are fully operational to serve the fab. More large air separation units will be built at the site to support future needs.

“Thanks to Air Products’ profound expertise and timely and smooth supply to our fab, we have achieved differentiated competitiveness in the market and fulfilled the common dream of building the ’21st Century Electronics Silk Road’ in Xi’an,” commented Samsung’s spokesperson. “We look forward to deepening the partnership with Air Products in our new voyage.”

Air Products was awarded a bulk gas supply contract from Samsung Electronics in 2012, followed by another one to design and construct complete bulk specialty gas and chemical delivery systems for the fabs in XHTZ.

The memory products produced from the fabs will be widely used in portable devices such as smart phones, tablet computers, digital cameras, USB drive and other consumer electronics markets where China represents a major market.