China: Semiconductors Sumitomo Chemical Expands Production of High-Purity Chemicals for Semiconductors in China
Sumitomo Chemical has begun construction of a plant at Sumika Electronic Materials, a recently-incorporated company in Changzhou City, China, to produce high-purity chemicals for semiconductors. The new facility, the company's second high-purity chemicals facility in China after its first plant in Xi’an, is scheduled to start commercial production in March 2019.
Changzhou/China — Following a processing facility and sales office for optical functional films established in Shanghai in 2001, the company has reinforced its business base for IT-related chemicals in China in the past years. At eight locations throughout the country including Beijing and Wuxi the manufacturer produces and sells polarizing films for LCD panels or high-purity chemicals for semiconductors.
High-purity chemicals for semiconductors are mainly used for precision cleaning in semiconductor micromachining. Against the backdrop of an increasing demand for electronic devices and the ongoing expansion of the semiconductor industry in China, semiconductor manufacturers have announced plans for production capacity expansion in the country as demand for high-purity chemicals for semiconductors is expected to grow sharply in the years to come.
Sumitomo Chemical announced that it is due to this reasons that the company has decided to establish another plant in China to produce high-purity chemicals for semiconductors. The high-purity chemicals produced at the site include hydrogen peroxide water, sulfuric acid, isopropyl alcohol, etc.