AkzoNobel again adds capacity for LED precursor Trimethyl Gallium

Nov. 26, 2010
Date Announced: 26 Nov 2010 The HPMO business, part of AkzoNobel’s Functional Chemicals business unit, is a leading producer of semiconductor grade Indium-, Gallium-, Aluminum-, Zinc- and Magnesium-based metalorganics which are used as key precursor materials in the production of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and solar cells. During this past June 2010, AkzoNobel successfully doubled its production capacity for Trimethyl Gallium at its world-scale production facilities in LaPorte, Texas, USA. “Our customers’ response to this expansion has been very positive, and their continued strong demand has already fully adsorbed the enlarged capacity.” says Michiel Floor, Global Business Manager of the HPMO product group. He adds “We continue to support the exciting growth of the LED and other compound semiconductor industries, and have firmly planned ahead for stepwise capacity additions across our High Purity Metalorganics product range, including Trimethyl Gallium and Trimethyl Indium.” In order to continue to meet the growing demand from especially the LED industry, the company has decided to advance its plans for expansion of Trimethyl Gallium capacity, again doubling the production capacity. The increased volumes will become available as of February 2011. The capacity addition will further enhance AkzoNobel’s position as the leading global producer of this material. “Our continued investments in the HPMO business further demonstrate AkzoNobel’s commitment to the attractive and high growth LED industry, with general lighting applications becoming reality sooner than expected.”, says Bob Margevich, Managing Director of Functional Chemicals. “This business also further supports our efforts in sustainability, by focusing on applications that drive energy efficiency and lower energy usage, such as LEDs and solar cells.”

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