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22 January 2009


Matheson Tri-Gas expands for advanced semiconductor manufacturing and divests SEMI-GAS product line

As part of its overall growth strategy to meet the demands of advanced semiconductor manufacturing, Matheson Tri-Gas Inc (MTG) of Basking Ridge, NJ, USA plans to expand the capabilities of its Advanced Technology Center in Longmont, CO, focusing on emerging material technologies and process solutions.

“Our overall growth strategy calls for investing in developing cutting-edge molecule technology and delivery systems,” says Scott Pufahl, general manager of Matheson Tri-Gas Inc’s Equipment Business Group. Matheson Tri-Gas is the largest subsidiary of industrial, specialty and electronics gas supplier Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation Group.

Plans include an estimated 25,000 square foot expansion (to be completed by July) of MTG’s cleanroom manufacturing facilities (for building gas and molecule delivery systems) and the R&D facilities (for developing materials technologies, including molecule development, purification and molecule delivery systems).

Also, MTG has divested its SEMI-GAS gas cabinet product line in North America to Applied Energy Systems of Malvern, PA, which manufactures ultra-high-purity gas source and distribution systems. MTG’s manufacturing of advanced ultra-high-purity (UHP) products will be relocated to Longmont. 

The SEMI-GAS gas cabinet product line will become part of the Applied Energy Systems organization but operate as a separate business unit, focusing mainly on the semiconductor and related industries. The transfer of technology, materials and staff will occur gradually over the next few months to allow a transition of manufacturing and engineering functions that will ensure orders are delivered on-time and to the same quality.

“This acquisition allows us to expand our product offering while improving economics of scale in a competitive marketplace,” says Applied Energy Systems’ president & owner Steven R. Buerkel. “It also allows us to grow our Customer Service and Engineering groups for improved product support and technological development,” he adds.

Applied Energy Systems will continue to support the customer base with ongoing technical support, manufacturing needs, as well as product enhancement and future development, comments Pufahl, general manager of MTG’s Equipment Business Group.

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