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Air Liquide Electronics and Hynix reinforce their partnership in Asia
MP3 players, digital cameras, cellular phones, gaming devices, USB keys to name but a few, all these daily electronic consumer products use NAND Flash Memory for data storage. To keep up with the increasing demand for those products, Hynix Semiconductor, is extending its Chinese and South Korean fabs' capacities in order to meet the booming demand.



In China, Air Liquide is expanding its long term carrier gas agreement with the Hynix Numonyx joint venture at its giant wafer fab in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, 100 kilometres from Shanghai. In order to fulfil the rapidly increasing demand in ultra pure nitrogen, Air Liquide China will invest in two Ultra High Purity Nitrogen (HPN) generators as well as expand the oxygen, argon, hydrogen, helium and compressed dry air supply to the Hynix Numonyx 300 mm wafer fabs dedicated to NAND flash memories. The total investment will be around €35 million.



In South Korea, Hynix has also renewed its confidence by choosing Air Liquide as

its partner for the equipment and installation of bulk electronics specialty gas dispensing

systems for its new 300 mm fab located in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province,

about 130 km south east of Seoul.



These two successes are perfectly aligned with the global partnership in which Air Liquide supplies Hynix in Eugene, Oregon (United States), Icheon and Cheongju (South Korea), and Wuxi (China).



M.C. Kim, Vice-President and Chief Procurement Officer of Hynix Semiconductor said: “These increases in capacity are in line with our strategy to expand our 300 mm output and to maximise our production efficiency. Air Liquide is a long time partner which has already supported our projects throughout the world. Its reliability and efficiency have stood the test of time and we are delighted to collaborate with them again on this project.”



Christophe Fontaine, Vice President Electronics of Air Liquide, declared: “Our long term relationship with Hynix allows us to fully understand our customer's requirements and expectations and we are very excited to work with them on those projects. We always provide Hynix with state of the art solutions at

competitive prices and it is our pleasure to be able to accompany and support ourKorean partner's growth in new countries.”
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