Air Products to increase nitrogen capacity to support semiconductor industry in South Korea


US chemical company Air Products is planning to increase nitrogen production to meet increasing demand from Pyeongtaek City, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.

The increase in production is the company’s second such expansion to meet semiconductor industry requirements.

Air Products received a major contract in 2015 to supply industrial bulk gases and bulk specialty gas supply system.

Currently, the company is carrying out a multi-phase expansion programme, which includes development of multiple ultra high-purity nitrogen plants, hydrogen generators and a liquefier. 

As part of its second phase of capacity expansion to supply the semiconductor fab, the company will also construct a second nitrogen plant.

"Our latest expansion represents Air Products' commitment to growing together with customers in the expanding region through continued investment."

Air Products Korea president Kyo-Yung Kim said: “We are pleased to bring additional nitrogen capacity to the semiconductor fab to support its increasing demand.

“Our latest expansion represents Air Products' commitment to growing together with customers in the expanding region through continued investment.

“It will put us in an even stronger position to deliver our safe and reliable industrial gas solutions in a very cost-effective way."

With more than 40 years of experience, Air Products provides industrial gases for the global electronics market.

The company is working with major electronics firms to generate semiconductors and displays for tablets, computers and smartphones.

In 2016 fiscal, the company generated sales of $7.5bn from its operations in 50 countries. The company employs more than 16,000 people.