Air Products to build nitrogen plant for SMIC’s facility at Tianjin, China


US-based company Air Products has received the contract to build a nitrogen plant and supply industrial gases to support the capacity expansion project of the Semiconductor Manufacturing International’s (SMIC) Tianjin facility in China. 

The contract requires Air Products to construct an on-site nitrogen plant and use its existing air separation unit and liquid gases capacity to supply multiple high-purity bulk gases such as nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, argon, helium and compressed dry air. 

According to Air Products, the contract is expected to strengthen its position and commitment to China’s electronics manufacturing industries.

Air Products Industrial Gases China president Saw Choon Seong said: "SMIC is our long-term strategic customer and we are honoured to have their continued confidence in our capabilities to support their expansion in Tianjin.

“Air Products is committed to supporting our customers’ growth and the advancement of China’s IC and other electronics manufacturing industries as guided by the government’s thirteenth five-year plan and ‘Made in China 2025’ strategy.”

"Air Products is committed to supporting our customers’ growth and the advancement of China’s IC and other electronics manufacturing industries."

SMIC’s Tianjin facility is located at an electronics industry base in the state-level Xiqing Economic and Technological Development Area (XEDA).

Air Products has been supplying high-purity nitrogen, oxygen, argon and helium to the facility since 2004 for producing 8in wafers.

Currently, SMIC TianJin is building a new fabrication facility under its expansion project to increase its 8in integrated circuit (IC) production to 150,000 wafers per month.

Active in the global electronics industry for more than 40 years, Air Products is constructing new plants in Fujian Province and at the Nanjing Pukou Economic Development Zone in Southern and Eastern China to serve its IC clients in the country. 


Image:  Air Products' corporate headquarters in Lehigh Valley, near Allentown in Pennsylvania, US. Photo: courtesy of Jack Lerch/ Air Products.