24 May 2010


AkzoNobel doubling TMG production capacity

AkzoNobel of Amersfoort, The Netherlands says that this summer its High Purity Metalorganics (HPMO) business (part of the firm's Functional Chemicals business unit), which produces semiconductor-grade indium-, gallium-, aluminum and zinc-based metalorganic precursor materials for LED and solar cell manufacturing, will significantly expand the capacity of its trimethyl gallium (TMG) plant in LaPorte, TX, USA.

AkzoNobel says that the expansion is being driven by the LED market's unprecedented growth due to new applications in backlight units for computer screens and the new generation of LED-TVs. In addition, LED technology continues to make steady progress penetrating into many other applications including general lighting.

“This capacity expansion shows AkzoNobel’s commitment to the attractive and high-growth LED and solar industry”, says Bob Margevich, managing director of Functional Chemicals. “This business also supports our efforts in sustainability, by focusing on applications that drive energy efficiency and lower energy usage, like LEDs and solar cells," he adds.

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