The joint venture between Air Products and DuPont, DA NanoMaterials, supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) slurries to the semiconductor fabrication industry, has opened its new Asia Headquarters in Jhudong Township, Taiwan.
The new headquarters is located just outside the Hsinchu Science Park and features a 300mm-capable Advanced Technology Center (ATEC).
Locating the centre in the region of Asia, the company is able to remain close to its customer base, Ed Shober, chief executive officer of DA NanoMaterials explains, “Despite the current difficult economic environment, we view Asia, and especially Taiwan, as strong growth markets for CMP slurries. We wish to better position DA NanoMaterials for closer collaboration with our Asian customers, so we are very pleased to be making this significant investment in Taiwan.”
The new ATEC is an Hsinchu-based 300mm-capable laboratory and technical center dedicated to developing and optimizing advanced CMP processes and consumable sets, whilst providing technical support to customers. The in-house laboratory features a 300mm CMP and defect metrology equipment alongside an advanced chemical formulation laboratory which aims to support product development and optimization.
“For a long time, CMP slurry users have sought increased technical support to help them reduce costs,” said Dr. Saifi Usmani, vice president of Marketing, Business Development and Technology of DA NanoMaterials. “With its advanced capabilities, we believe ATEC will become the first choice for technical support of CMP slurries in the Asia region. DA NanoMaterials is continuously evaluating ways to meet its customers’ needs better and faster as we look to the future, and this new facility is specifically designed to add value for them.”
Both the headquarters and ATEC are now open and fully functioning.