AkzoNobel expands Texas site, meet semiconductor market demand
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AkzoNobel expands Texas site, to meet semiconductor market demand

6:39 AM, 27th September 2012
AkzoNobel expands Texas site, to meet semiconductor market demand
Werner Fuhrmann, Executive Committee Member, AkzoNobel.

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel is to boost capacity at one of its US sites in order to meet increasing demand from the semiconductor industry, particularly for the production of light emitting diodes (LEDs).

The investment - at the company’s Battleground facility in Texas - involves extending the TriMethylAluminum (TMAL) unit and building a new TriMethylGallium (TMG) plant - consolidating the plant’s status as the largest of its kind in the world. TMAL is a feedstock for TMG, used in products such as LED wafer manufacturing. The expanded TMAL unit is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2013, while the new TMG plant will be ready in August 2014.

“The LED industry has been experiencing strong growth, well in excess of 20 per cent per annum. This investment will make production cost-efficient and ensure that we continue supplying our customers with a highly specialized product which is playing an increasingly important role,” explained Werner Fuhrmann, Executive Committee Member, AkzoNobel.

The global LED industry is projected to grow significantly over the next decade, driven by applications in displays such as PCs, laptops and tablet screens. The massive increase in the use of LEDs for general lighting is also expected to contribute strongly as they become the preferred source of light, due to their low energy consumption and extended lifetime.

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