Air Liquide Signs a Major Ultra-Pure Carrier Gases Contract in China
PARIS -- December 5, 2013
Air Liquide (Paris:AI):
The global popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices is driving the
need for advanced semiconductor components such as mobile application
processors and wireless communication chips. China possesses more than 50% of
the global assembly capacity for televisions and mobile devices and is the
world’s largest electronics and smartphone market.
Air Liquide has just been awarded a major long-term contract in China by SMIC
(Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation) to supply ultra-pure
carrier gases to its latest cutting-edge fab in Beijing which will manufacture
advanced integrated circuits for consumer electronics and mobile devices for
both international and Chinese markets. SMIC Beijing Fab B2 will begin
operating in early 2014 and will produce 300 millimeters wafers with 28
nanometers advanced technology*.
To meet the needs of this customer, Air Liquide will invest in a large on-site
generator producing ultra-high purity nitrogen. Nitrogen is an essential
molecule that is used in the production processes, along with electronics
specialty gases and precursors, to ensure that the stringent cleanliness
requirement is met and that manufacturing equipment is safely operated. Air
Liquide will also invest in the necessary bulk gases supply infrastructure.
Air Liquide’s overall investment will amount to €18 million.
Founded in 2000, SMIC is the largest foundry manufacturer in China and the
fourth largest worldwide. Air Liquide and SMIC have established a long-term
relationship that goes back to 2001. Air Liquide already supplies electronic
specialty gases to SMIC’s large fabs in Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, and
Tzu-Yin Chiu, CEO of the SMIC Group, said: “We are delighted to enter into
this new long-term collaboration with Air Liquide in Beijing. Air Liquide has
shown an excellent understanding of our needs and offered us competitive
solutions. Thanks to its worldwide experience, technology, and excellence in
operational management, we will benefit from a safe, reliable and energy
efficient supply of industrial gases.”
Michael J. Graff, Air Liquide Group Senior Vice-President for the Americas and
Executive Committee member overseeing Electronics, commented: “Building on the
successful and long-term partnership with SMIC, we are very pleased to expand
this relationship to supply SMIC in the strategic Beijing area. This new
contract attests to our ability to supply electronics customers with products
and services that meet the highest standards, and reaffirms the value and
competitiveness of our offer and our position in the fast-growing mobility and
smart devices revolution.”
Air Liquide Electronics
With over 3,500 employees and revenue of €1,222 million in 2012, Air Liquide
Electronics has activities in ultra-pure carrier and specialty gases, new
molecules, related equipment, and customized services.
The Electronics division management is based in Asia to enhance its proximity
to the markets for semiconductors, flat panel displays, and solar
*The semiconductor chips at a glance
Semiconductor chips are manufactured using thin and spherical high purity
silicon wafers as the base substrate. The largest wafers in production are 300
Billions of tiny digital on/off electrical switches or transistors that
constitute each chip are formed on top of the wafer surface. The transistors
can be as small as a few tens of nanometers or one to two thousand times
thinner than hair. The larger the wafer and the smaller the transistor the
better the chip performs and the lower the cost of production.
Air Liquide in China
operates more than 70 plants and employs 4,000 employees today, with a strong
presence in the key coastal industrial areas, and is expanding into the
center, northeast, south and west.
Air Liquide also has strong Engineering and Construction capabilities based in
Hangzhou and Shanghai.
Air Liquide entered China in 1916, returned to supply Air Separation Units in
the 1970s and restarted gas operations in 1990.
Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the
environment, and is present in 80countries with close to 50,000employees.
Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air
Liquide’s activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air
Liquide continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current
and future markets. The Group innovates for the good of society while
delivering profitable growth and consistent performance.
Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry’s energy
use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow,
such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy… Oxygen for hospitals, home
healthcare, fighting nosocomial infections… Air Liquide combines many products
and technologies to develop valuable applications and services not only for
its customers but also for society.
A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment,
customer trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable,
competitive growth. The diversity of Air Liquide’s teams, businesses, markets
and geographic presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its
development and strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer
new territories and build its future.
Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life, staying
true to its Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development
approach. In 2012, the Group’s revenues amounted to €15.3billion of which
82% were generated outside France. AirLiquide is listed on the Paris Euronext
stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones
Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.
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Air Liquide (China) Holding Co., Ltd
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