|[May 22, 2012]
Linde Expands TFT-LCD Footprint in China with Major Gas Contract for Samsung Electronics in Suzhou
MUNICH --(Business Wire)--
Linde LienHwa (LLH), The Linde Group's joint venture with LienHwa MiTAC
Group of Taiwan, a leader in electronics gas supply and solutions, today
announced a significant long-term deal with Samsung (News - Alert) Electronics to
supply gases for its latest 8.5 generation TFT-LCD manufacturing plant
in Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), China. Industrial gases are essential
to the production of transistors that control the pixels in LCD screens.
This major gas supply contract marks a further milestone in Linde's
continuing expansion in Asia and is strategically significant for Linde
LienHwa's position in eastern China. It also strengthens Linde's leading
position as a gas supplier for the electronics industry, demonstrating
the increasing demand for the company's gases and solutions from
electronics manufacturers across the world. Linde has become the first
choice gas supply partner for TFT-LCD manufacturing in China with
substantial gas contracts in place with the three largest flat panel
Very large volumes of ultra-high purity gases play a critical part in
the manufacture of TFT-LCD screens. They are used to create the
microscopic thin-film transistors (TFT) required to control each of the
thousands of pixels that make up the visible image.
According to IHS (News - Alert) iSuppli, global large panel area capacity is set to
increase by 78 percent in the next four years, reaching 283 million
square metres by 2015. In 2012 alone, the analyst specialist predicts a
30 percent growth in large panel area capacity globally, with an
increase of 151 percent in China.
Under this agreement, Linde LienHwa will provide Samsung Electronics
with a turnkey installation of the TFT-LCD plant's bulk gases supply
systems, with a gas-on-line date of the end of 202. Linde LienHwa's
extensive scope includes the construction of a new on-site SPECTRA-N
30,000 series nitrogen generator supplying gas to Samsung via an
underground pipeline. Overall investment is in the region of EUR 50
million (RMB 500 million). This will double Linde LienHwa's capacity in
Suzhou Industrial Park, and demonstrates the significant growth
potential of this market.
"This new project significantly strengthens our industry references and
reinforces our leading role in the TFT-LCD industry. The agreement with
Samsung Electronics demonstrates our commitment to help our customers
develop state of the art manufacturing solutions. It also shows we are
confident about the growth of the electronics market in Asia," said
Andrew Lau, President and General Manager of Linde LienHwa China.
Peter Owen, Head of Linde's Global Electronics business and Asia Joint
Venture Management, concludes "This significant contract is further
acknowledgement of our global capability to supply and service leading
TFT-LCD manufacturers with a full portfolio of gases and equipment. We
look forward to building a strong working relationship with Samsung
Electronics at their Suzhou site."
Samsung's new panel facility is constructed by Suzhou Samsung LCD (SSL).
SSL was established in April 2011 as a joint venture between Samsung,
SIP and TCL Corporation. SIP is expected to become China's largest
advanced LCD production cluster.
About Linde LienHwa (LLH)
Linde LienHwa (LLH) is a joint venture in mainland China between The
Linde Group and LienHwa MiTAC Group of Taiwan, is dedicated to the
supply of ultra-high purity gases and the delivery of engineering
projects and services to the semiconductor, TFT-LCD, photovoltaic and
LED industries. LLH provides Chinese industries with a powerful
combination of local infrastructure and technology from the market
leader in gases and chemical supply.
About The Linde Group
The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with
around 50,500 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the
2011 financial year, it generated revenue of EUR 13.787 bn. The strategy
of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and
focuses on the expansion of its international business with
forward-looking products and services.
Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners,
employees, society and the environment - in every one of its business
areas, regions and locations across the globe. The Group is committed to
technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and
In Greater China, Linde has close to 4,000 employees working in around
50 subsidiaries and joint-ventures, and 150 operational plants in major
industrial hubs across the region. Linde Greater China is headquartered
For more information, visit our website at www.linde.com
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