Air Products will raise production of ultra
high-purity (UHP) nitrogen and expand its nitrogen pipeline
serving the electronics industry in the area of Tainan, Taiwan,
the industrial gases company said on Tuesday.
The company will build an additional two air separation
units and expand its existing nitrogen pipeline to serve
the region, which includes Tainan Science-Based Industrial
Park (TSIP) and Tree Valley Science and Industry Park
In September, Air Products announced another expansion at TSIP
to supply United Microelectronics Corporations'
(UMC) phase five to phase eight expansion of their new 300mm wafer
In addition to UHP nitrogen, Air Products will also supply
oxygen, argon, helium and hydrogen to UMC.
"We have been satisfying gas demand in Tainan Science-Based
Industrial Park for over 15 years," said Wayne Mitchell, vice
president and general manager of electronics for Air Products.
"This new capacity expansion is our strategic
investment to support the growth of our customers with reliable
and cost-effective supply."
The local subsidiary, named Air Products San Fu, has
established a leading supply position in TSIP, and its nitrogen
pipeline in the park has been serving semiconductor and TFT-LCD
manufacturers in the area since 2002.
Currently, the pipeline is fed by three of the world's largest
UHP nitrogen facilities that also produce product
for the local merchant liquid bulk market.
The expansion will also provide Air
Products with additional nitrogen to supply growing merchant
needs in the area, according to the company.