July 11, 2005 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) today announced it has more than doubled its Allentown, Pa.-based electronics research and development facility, making it the most advanced and comprehensive center of any specialty materials supplier to the electronics industry.
With this development, Air Products has fully integrated the research and technology capabilities it acquired when the company purchased Ashland's Electronic Chemicals business in 2003. The acquisition included an expansive portfolio of wet chemical technologies and products integral to the chip-making process, formerly developed at Ashland's Dublin, Ohio and Easton, Pa. locations.
"Now more than ever before, Air Products is better positioned than anyone to work directly with our customers and the industry's equipment manufacturers to develop solutions for the upcoming technology nodes," explained Jerry Ermentrout, general manager and vice president, Electronics. "This is an incredible accomplishment—one that showcases our materials integration and customer understanding capabilities. That's really what being the premier materials supplier is all about."
With the exception of lithography, every step of the chip-making process can be analyzed and studied at the Allentown campus. This integrated approach enables Air Products to identify the issues facing its customers, allowing it to develop a full gamut of new material and technology solutions.
The center now includes almost 3,500 square feet of Class 10 and Class 100 clean room space, enabling 90 Air Products scientists and technicians to work in an environment that has the broadest range of equipment and applications capabilities than any other materials supplier. The seven-month expansion project also included the addition of new office and research rooms, as well as upgrades to two existing labs.
In total, Air Products has nearly 200 individuals worldwide dedicated to developing new products, improving chip-making processes, and supporting customer applications in the electronics industry. The Allentown facility is the largest of three R&D centers worldwide; other locations include Carlsbad, Calif. and Hsinchu, Taiwan. In addition, Air Products has almost 20 applications and development centers spanning the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $7.4 billion, operations in over 30 countries, and nearly 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.
For a graphic illustrating the full range of Air Products' Electronics technology capabilities, including specific processing tools and analytical instrumentation, see the SEMICON West 2005 press kit in Air Products' Press Room at www.airproducts.com/pressroom. Photos of the facility are also available.