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3M increasing production of Novec cleaning fluids

24 June 2011 | By Mark Osborne | News > Materials and Gases

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Used as greenhouse gas replacement chemistry for semiconductor equipment chamber cleaning and other applications, 3M’s ‘Novec’ product range is continuing to meet customer demand after the company announced plans to expand production. 3M has broken ground on an expansion at its Cordova, Ill., manufacturing facility that is designed to stay ahead of market demand.

“The Cordova expansion represents a significant investment by 3M into U.S. manufacturing and supports sustainability due to the excellent environmental characteristics of the 3M Novec brand line,” said Joe Koch, business director for 3M Electronics Markets Materials Division. “The added capacity will allow 3M to stay ahead of market demand for sustainable chemistries, and it will help customers manage their environmental footprint by enabling replacement of ODS and GHGs.”

Koch went on to state that there is a lot of confusion and apprehension over the evolving policy and regulation targeting non-sustainable chemistry such as potent greenhouse gasses. Koch added, “Customers are looking for the confidence that Novec fluids provide in knowing their processes are safe for people and the environment now and into the foreseeable future.”

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