In advance of a 200mm and 300mm fab coming on stream in early 2010, SMIC has chosen long-term gas supplier, Air Liquide to once again supply both bulk and speciality gasses to these new facilities, located in the Shenzhen Grand Industrial Zone (SGIZ), Guangdong Province, China. Air Liquide will invest €13 million in various facilities and production units to meet SMIC’s requirements.
“Shenzhen is an important base for the IC industry in China. Building a new IC production project in Shenzhen, the first facility producing wafers larger than 200mm in South China, is of strategic importance to both SMIC and the city,” noted Samuel Tsou, SMIC Vice President of Facilities. “We naturally decided to entrust our industrial gas needs to Air Liquide again. Air Liquide is our partner in our geographic expansion and we benefit from its worldwide expertise.”
Under the terms of the contract, Air Liquide will supply SMIC with carrier gases including nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, argon and compressed air, as well as specialty gases.