Air Products (NYSE: APD), a world-leading industrial gases company, today announced its new plant in the Pukou Economic Development Zone (PKEDZ), Nanjing, eastern China, has come on-stream to supply ultra-high purity gases to its customer in the park. The facility also provides liquid nitrogen to merchant customers in and around Nanjing.The company announced this investment in new capacity last year.
The PKEDZ is a state-level high-tech park that is growing into a hub for advanced manufacturing sectors including integrated circuit (IC), new materials and bio-medicine. It is only 35 kilometers away from the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park (NCIP), where Air Products has already built a leading position over the past decade with three large air separation units serving several hundred customers in the park and across Nanjing through pipelines and various other supply modes.
“We are excited to have brought this strategic milestone project on-stream in short lead time to serve both our international customer in PKEDZ and the increasing demand in Nanjing,” said Frank Yu, vice president‒Eastern China, Industrial Gases, at Air Products. “Air Products has already established a strong position in Nanjing and eastern China with integrated and reliable supply capabilities. We will continue to invest and play our role to support the fast-growing semiconductor industry driven by the Made in China 2025 strategy and the government’s high-tech manufacturing target under the 13th Five-Year Plan.”
China’s IC industry is developing at a fast pace, fueled by a major government initiative launched in 2014 with billions of dollars of funding to advance its domestic electronics manufacturing industries. Several industrial clusters have emerged across the country, creating great demand for high-quality industrial gases.
Air Products is a leading integrated gases supplier serving the global electronics industry for over 40 years. In China, the company has been committed to supporting the semiconductor industry in the development of next generation consumer devices, such as smart phones, tablet computers, and digital cameras, and is supplying many of the world’s leading manufacturers. In addition to Nanjing, the company is also building new plants in Fujian Province, Anhui Province and Tianjin in southern, eastern and northern China, respectively, to supply its IC customers.