Showa Denko Strengthens High-Purity Gas Supply System in Asia

Showa Denko Strengthens High-Purity Gas Supply System in Asia 
Tokyo, June 25, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) -  Showa Denko (SDK) (TOKYO:4004) has
strengthened its system for supplying semiconductor-processing high-purity
gases in Asia. 
In China, SDK increased the production capacity for high-purity ammonia at its
subsidiary in Zhejiang Province in January this year. This month, the
subsidiary started shipments by ISO tank container on a full scale, in addition
to conventional shipments by cylinder, to meet brisk demand from customers. 
In Taiwan and Singapore, we completed expansions of high-purity-gas
stockpiling warehouses at our distribution bases by the end of last year. This
will enable us to expand high-purity gas sales in East Asia and the ASEAN
region. At the same time, we expanded our sales/marketing functions in Japan,
Taiwan, South Korea, China, and Singapore, establishing a system for speedily
responding to the needs of customers in the countries in East Asia and the
ASEAN region. 
Furthermore, we will step up our waste-gas-disposal activities, in addition to
the production and supply of high-purity gases. Thus, we will aim to strengthen
the integrated supply system and establish our status as a leading high-purity
gas supplier. 
High-purity gases are used in the manufacturing processes of semiconductors,
liquid crystal display (LCD) panels, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for
deposition of oxide and nitride films, etching, and cleaning. Demand for
high-purity gases is growing especially in East Asia, where electronics
production sites are integrated. 
SDK is the sole manufacturer in the world that supplies wide-ranging
high-purity gases based on ammonia, chlorine, and fluorine. In the process of
supplying these products, SDK controls containers, offers the impurity
ultramicroanalytical technology, and provides quality assurance to serve
customer needs. 
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 and expand the business during the
Phase II period, which continues till the end of 2015. 
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
information, please visit . 
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