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Albemarle to expand new South Korea facility

10 August 2012

Specialty chemicals maker Albemarle will expand its new facility to manufacture the company's PureGrowth products, including high purity trimethyl gallium, triethyl gallium and trimethyl aluminum.

"The company said the expansion will also complement its existing capacity for electronic-grade metal organic."

The electronic-grade metal organic products are used in the metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) process to manufacture chips for semiconductors, LEDs and optoelectronic devices.

The new facility, which is currently in the final stages of construction, will also produce commercial quantities of finished catalysts and components used in the polymer industry.

The new facility, which is being built in Yeosu, South Korea, is slated for completion in 2013.

The company said the expansion will also complement its existing capacity for electronic-grade metal organic, as well as trimethyl indium, at its facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US.

Jenny S. Hebert, Albemarle electronic materials global product manager, said more than 80% of the global demand for LED products is in Asia.

"Expansion of our Korea facility will ensure security of supply in this high-growth region while reducing transportation risks," Hebert added.

"These state-of-the-art facilities will also allow us to consistently maintain the high purity standards required of electronic-grade metal organics."

Amy H. Motto, Albemarle catalysts global business unit vice president, said: "More specifically, these new assets will enable us to meet both existing and future demand in the rapidly expanding electronic chemicals market."