Duplication of All Nickel Plant Construction and Proven Technology for Megaclass Grade
January 18, 2007 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is expanding tungsten hexafluoride (WF6) capacity at its electronic specialty material manufacturing facility in Hometown, Pa. This production addition is aligned with the company’s previously announced staged capacity plan. The new capacity will come onstream during the first half of this year. The expansion enables Air Products to produce 60% more WF6 for the semiconductor industry, in particular, memory chip manufacturers.
The new production unit will be an exact duplicate of Air Products’ existing production capabilities, including all nickel construction with automated process systems and a proprietary distillation process to remove impurities. There will be no change in raw material supply, and Air Products will continue to ship finished product in non-reactive nickel cylinders to prevent metallic impurities from contaminating the product.
The company will continue to ensure purity of supply by analyzing the gas in its state-of-the-art trace metals laboratory, which is also located at the Hometown site.
“We forecast solid growth for WF6 and feel that the timing is right to add more capacity, and further extend our leadership in fluorine chemistry,” said Corning Painter, vice president of Electronics for Air Products.
In the semiconductor industry, tungsten is used to construct vias which connect two layers of aluminum that are separated by a dielectric layer.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. 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 $9 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
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