Air Liquide Electronics signs two major contracts with China's leading display manufacturer

Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:30am EST

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Air Liquide to supply BOE's two new factories 
PARIS--(Business Wire)--
Regulatory News: 

Air Liquide (Paris:AI): 

The worldwide demand for next-generation flat panel displays is booming, driven
by the increasing popularity of smart phones and tablets as well as
ultra-high-definition screens. China has now become the largest consumer market
for electronics goods in the world. In the recent years, several manufacturers
have built state-of-the-art flat panel display fabs to meet local and overseas
demand. 

Air Liquidehas beenawarded two major long-term contractsby BOE Technology Group
in China,to supply ultra-pure carrier molecules to its two latest cutting-edge
flat panel display fabs. These plants will both manufacture large numbers of
advanced flat panel displays. The first plant (called BOE Ordos G5.5 AMOLED fab)
will be based in Ordos, Inner-Mongolia and the other plant (called BOE Hefei
G8.5 TFT-LCD fab) in Hefei, Anhui province. 

These contracts are the 20th and 21st long-term supply agreements signed by Air
Liquide Group in the flat panel display industry in Asia. The total ultra-pure
nitrogen newly-contracted will amount to 50,000 Nm3/h. This is the largest
investment ever made by Air Liquide in China for a client in this sector. 

The new BOE fab in Ordos will be commissioned in late 2013, and will produce
small and medium-sized advanced LTPS & AMOLED displays for mobile devices on
Generation 5.5 size glasses. Air Liquide will invest in a large on-site
generator to produce ultra-high purity nitrogen and in bulk gases (oxygen, argon
and hydrogen) supply infrastructure. 

For the BOEfab inHefei, located near the BOE Hefei G6 fab already supplied by
Air Liquide, those same molecules will be supplied by pipeline from Air Liquide
facilities, located in Hefei. This fab will be commissioned in early 2014 and
will produce displays on Generation 8.5 size glasses. Air Liquide will also
invest in the necessary back-up infrastructure for both sites. 

Founded in 1993, BOE has become the largest flat panel display manufacturer in
China. It also holds more than 9,000 applicable patents and ranks fifth in term
of shipment around the world. 

Mr. Liu Xiaodong, Chief Operating Officer of BOE Technology group, commented:
"We are pleased to have selected Air Liquide as our partner for our new projects
in Hefei and in Ordos. Air Liquide has shown a strong understanding of our needs
and offered us competitive solutions that will provide good value for our
operations. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Air Liquide
and to benefiting from its worldwide capabilities." 

Jean-Marc de Royere, Asia Pacific Vice President and member of the Air Liquide
Executive Committee, said: "We are honored by this long-term partnership and the
confidence placed in Air Liquide by BOE for their latest cutting-edge display
fabs. These new contracts, following those signed by Air Liquide to supply BOE
sites in Beijing (G5 fab), in Chengdu (G4.5 fab) and in Hefei (G6 fab),
reinforce our position in the fast-growing flat panel industry in China and
advanced display technologies in Asia, and affirm the value and competitiveness
of our offer. "

Air Liquide Electronics

With over 3,500 employees and €1,222 million of revenue in 2012, Air Liquide
Electronics has activities in ultra-pure carrier and specialty gases, new
molecules, related equipment and customized services. 

The Electronics division management is based in Asia to enhance its proximity to
the markets for semiconductors, flat panel displays and solar photovoltaics. 

Flat Panel Technologies

TFT-LCD (Thin Film Transistor - Liquide Crystal Display) relies on liquid
crystal to control light transmission at sub-pixel level. 

LTPS (Low Temperature Poly-Silicon) and Oxide-TFT are highly conductive
materials, such as alloys of Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide allowing the production
of smaller TFTs for high-definition screens. 

AMOLED refers to the use of Active TFT Matrix arrays, here made of LTPS or
Oxide-TFT, to control each OLED sub-pixel light emission. 

Gen8.5 indicates the size of the mother glass substrate used to produce the
panels, here it is 5.5 m2. 

Air Liquide in China

Operates more than 60 plants and employs about 4,000 people today, with a
presence in the key coastal industrial areas, and is further expanding into the
western and the northeastern China. 

Air Liquide has also strong Engineering and Construction capabilities through
Air Liquide Hangzhou and Lurgi. 

Air Liquide returned to supply air separation units in the 1970s and restarted
gas operations in 1990. 

The use of molecules in flat panel industries

High-purity gases are used to manufacture Thin Film Transistors (TFT), which lie
at the heart of FPD technologies: the main role of nitrogen (N2) is to ensure a
clean process environment. Electronics Specialty Gases (ESGs), along with other
carrier gases, are used either to deposit, clean or functionalize the material
layers that constitute the TFT. 

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the
environment, and is present in 80 countries with close to 50,000 employees.
Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air Liquide`s
activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air Liquide
continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current and
future markets.The Group innovates for the good of society while delivering
growth and consistent performance.

Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry`s energy
use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow,
such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy… Oxygen for hospitals, home
healthcare, fighting nosocomial infections… Air Liquide combines many products
and technologies to develop valuable applications and services not only for its
customers but also for society.

A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment, customer
trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable, competitive
growth. The diversity of Air Liquide`s teams, businesses, markets and geographic
presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its development and
strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer new territories and
build its future.

Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life, staying true
to its Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development approach. In
2012, the Group`s revenues amounted to € 15.3 billion of which 82% were
generated outside France. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock
exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx
50 indexes.

Corporate Communications
Corinne Estrade-Bordry, + 33 (0)1 40 62 51 31
Garance Bertrand, + 33 (0)1 40 62 59 62
or
Investor relations
Virginia Jeanson, +33 (0)1 40 62 57 37
Annie Fournier, +33 (0)1 40 62 57 18
or
Air Liquide China Communications
Jenny Ying, + 86 (21) 6090 3607 



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