Hynix orders nitrogen

Air Products has signed a long-term contract to supply nitrogen to Hynix Semiconductor, a Korea-based memory chip manufacturer.

The nitrogen will be supplied to a new back-end test and packaging fab that Hynix is building in the Cheongju Industrial Complex, North Chungcheong Province, Korea.

Air Products will build, own and operate the nitrogen air separation plant, which is scheduled to come on-stream in mid-2008.

Hynix has two wafer fabrication plants producing flash memory chips, and one back-end test and packaging fab in Cheongju. It is now adding a second back-end unit to support the current production lines in the complex.

‘The electronics industry is a high growth platform for Air Products and Korea is one of the largest such markets,’ commented said Soo Yon Lee, president of Air Products Korea. ‘The new investment further reinforces our commitment and leading position in the Korean electronics market.’