SHANGHAI, Sept. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On September 11, Air Liquide’s Electronic Materials Center China (EMCC), located in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, celebrated its 10th anniversary as well as its Phase III completion. About 120 guests attended the ceremony, including local government officials, key customers and Air Liquide executives.
EMCC was set up in 2007 in Zhangjiagang, due to its convenient location within East China’s electronics manufacturing hub. Over the past decade, EMCC has grown with its customers in the semiconductor, flat panel display and photovoltaic industries, and is now upgrading in response to ongoing market changes.
In his welcome speech, Marcelo Fioranelli, Air Liquide Greater China Vice President commented: “Today, China’s electronics market is developing rapidly, with emerging local electronics players taking the lead. Following this trend, EMCC has been continuously producing innovative new technologies to meet evolving customer needs. Now, with our newly upgraded facilities, this center will serve as a strong base of support for the dynamic development of China’s electronics industries.”
In its latest expansion, the EMCC launched a new neon product line with a capacity of 60,000 m3 — the first of its kind in Air Liquide Asia Pacific region. The purification process and critical equipment of the new facility are designed, developed and manufactured by Air Liquide Group, ensuring the production of high-purity and reliable neon. Neon is a key element for the production of excimer laser gases, which are widely used in the semiconductor industry.
During the first expansion of the EMCC in 2014, Air Liquide added new production facilities of high purity electronics-grade nitrous oxide (N2O), automated precision phosphine (PH3) and multi-gas blending systems. It now serves as Air Liquide’s center for electronic materials production, analytical and quality management, supply chain management, and emergency response in China. With state-of-the-art processes and equipment, as well as highly efficient and specialized management systems, the EMCC allows Air Liquide to provide electronic customers with high quality, safe, reliable, and competitive electronic materials and value-added services.
Air Liquide in China
Air Liquide in China operates nearly 90 plants and employs more than 4,000 employees today. With a strong presence in the key coastal industrial areas, Air Liquide China is now expanding into the center, south and west. Its main business activities include industrial and medical gas operations, Engineering & Construction (designing, manufacturing and installing air separation units/hydrogen facilities), as well as innovation activities.
Air Liquide Electronics
Generating EUR1,617 million in revenue in 2016, the Electronics business line of Air Liquide is a world reference in molecule design, manufacturing and delivery for the electronics industry. The Electronics business line of Air Liquide is a long-term partner providing innovative solutions to the markets for semiconductors, photovoltaics and flat panel displays. 3,850 specialists worldwide are dedicated to providing the agility and reliability our customers need.
The world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 65,000 employees and serves more than 3 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.
Air Liquide’s ambition is to lead its industry, deliver long term performance and contribute to sustainability. The company’s customer-centric transformation strategy aims at profitable growth over the long term. It relies on operational excellence, selective investments, open innovation and a network organization implemented by the Group worldwide. Through the commitment and inventiveness of its people, Air Liquide leverages energy and environment transition, changes in healthcare and digitization, and delivers greater value to all its stakeholders.
Air Liquide’s revenue amounted to EUR18.1 billion in 2016 and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, EURO STOXX 50 and FTSE4Good indexes.
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