Showa Denko Ups High-Purity Ammonia Production Capacity in China

Showa Denko Ups High-Purity Ammonia Production Capacity in China 
- Strengthening Supply of Gases for Semiconductor Production - 
Tokyo, Jan 31, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) -  Showa Denko (SDK) (TOKYO:4004) has
increased the production capacity for high-purity ammonia (a specialty gas for
semiconductor production) at its manufacturing subsidiary in Zhejiang Province,
China, from 1,000 t/y to 2,000 t/y. The expanded facility started operation
this month. 
High-purity ammonia is used for nitride film deposition in the manufacturing
processes of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels and light-emitting diodes
(LEDs). While LEDs are used for general lighting and backlight for LCDs, the
LED market in China is growing for such new applications as landscape lighting
and large screens, in addition to general lighting. Thus, SDK has strengthened
its supply system to meet the growing demand for high-purity ammonia in East
Asia, where electronics production sites are integrated. 
SDK is operating three high-purity ammonia plants, one each in Japan, Taiwan,
and China. Following the capacity expansion in China, SDK now has a total
high-purity ammonia production capacity of 6,000 tons a year*. Under its
consolidated business plan PEGASUS Phase II, SDK classifies the
semiconductor-processing high-purity gas business as a "Growth"
business. SDK will aim to further globalize the business this year,
strengthening the production/distribution system in Asia and expanding sales. 
*SDK's high-purity ammonia production sites and their capacities, as of
January 31, 2014:
1. Japan: SDK's Kawasaki Plant (Kawasaki City) 1,500 t/y
2. Taiwan: Taiwan Showa Chemicals Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Tainan City) 2,500
3. China: Zhejiang Quzhou Juhua Showa Electronic Chemical Materials Co., Ltd.
(Quzhou City, Zhejiang Province) 2,000 t/y 
About Showa Denko 
Showa Denko K.K. ('SDK'; TSE: 4004, US: SHWDF) is a major
manufacturer and marketer of chemical products serving a wide range of fields
ranging from heavy industry to the electronic and computer industries. SDK
makes petrochemicals (ethylene, propylene), aluminum products (ingots, rods),
electronic equipment (hard disks for computers) and inorganic materials
(ceramics, carbons). The company has overseas operations and a joint venture
with Netherlands-based Montell and Nippon Petrochemicals to make and market
polypropylenes. In March 2001, SDK merged with Showa Denko Aluminum Corporation
to strengthen the high-value-added fabricated aluminum products operations, and
is today developing next-generation optical communications-use wafers. For more
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