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Solvay and Air Liquide form fluorine-gas JV for high-tech industries  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Solvay SA (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) and Air Liquide (Paris, France; www.airliquide.com) have entered into an agreement to form a worldwide fluorine gas business joint venture (JV). It will build, own and operate modular onsite fluorine cleaning gas units for the flat panel display and silicon thin film photovoltaic industries and thus offer these industries an economic, reliable and environmentally-friendly product for cleaning applications. Fluorine gas is a cleaning gas that has no global warming potential and enables the customers to increase their productivity. This partnership builds on both companies strengths. Solvay brings its 45 years experience in running large-scale fluorine production and its raw materials supply chain and Air Liquide its global presence, infrastructure and industrial gas supply relationships with the leading electronics manufacturers. Establishment of the joint venture is subject to antitrust approval. Vincent De Cuyper, group general manager of the Chemicals Sector and Member of the Executive Committee of Solvay says: "This partnership will help satisfy growing world demand for environmentally-friendly cleaning gases. The combination of market experience and know how from Air Liquide, the…
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