eH2O2 Production Solvay to Build New High-Purity Electronic Grade Hydrogen Peroxide Facility
Speciality chemicals company Solvay has announced its plans to invest in a new facility to produce electronic grade hydrogen peroxide (eH2O2) in Casa Grande, USA, to supply the growing U.S. semiconductor manufacturing market.
A new facility built by Solvay in Casa Grande, USA, will convert hydrogen peroxide into an ultra-high purity grade to clean silicon wafers that are needed to manufacture semiconductors, essential components of electronic devices. The new facility will be the company’s seventh eH2O2 unit.
The new facility will be fully powered using renewable electricity, in line with the company’s One Planet sustainability roadmap. Production equipment will be housed within an enclosed climate-controlled building using safe and proven technology already in use at other locations worldwide — including its site near Houston, Texas.
“This investment will grow our presence in the North American semiconductor market”, says Ilham Kadri, CEO of Solvay. “The new facility will help us to further tap into increasing demand from the domestic electronic industry, and our local customers will likewise gain even better access to our products and services. This will help us meet their increasing demand for chemicals that are essential for cleaning and etching large scale integrated circuits and semiconductors.”
The company purchased 25 acres of greenfield land within Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Commerce Park and construction of the first production line is scheduled to begin in 2023 with future expansions to be built as needed to support customer demand. The facility will create 30 full-time positions and Solvay expects to invest more than three million dollars per year on wages, maintenance and upgrades, employee training, taxes and other expenditures that benefit local businesses and the community.