Air Liquide to invest EUR500 mn to build gases plants for Taiwan’s semiconductor sector
Air Liquide has announced the construction of three plants in Taiwan to supply, in the framework of long-term contracts, two of the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturers with large volumes of ultra high purity industrial gases for edge fabs. Air Liquide Far Eastern, a joint venture between Air Liquide and Far Eastern Group, will invest a total of approximately EUR500 million in these production units. Contributing to the development of electronics, a key sector for the future, these investments are in line with Advance, the group’s strategic plan.
Located in the proximity of the customers’ manufacturing sites, these plants, leveraging the group’s technologies, will produce a total of up to 2 billion Nm3 per year of ultra pure nitrogen, as well as oxygen and argon. The first plant is expected to be operational in 2024.
With these investments, Air Liquide strengthens its presence in the area and reinforces its partnership with two long term leading players in the Electronics industry. Air Liquide Far Eastern has already invested over EUR400 million in Taiwan between 2019 and 2021, to provide ultra pure gases to its electronics customers.
François Abrial, Member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee supervising Asia Pacific, said: “We are pleased to further strengthen our collaboration with these semiconductor leaders, with whom we have been partners for more than 30 years. These contracts demonstrate Air Liquide’s customers’ trust in our capacity to provide innovative, reliable ultra-high purity industrial gas production solutions. Buoyed by the digital revolution, Electronics is among the most dynamic growth drivers which will contribute to Air Liquide’s strategic plan Advance.”