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SDK Completes Specialty Gas Storage Facility in South Korea

Showa Denko K.K.
June 8, 2007

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has started up its specialty gas storage facility in Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea to better serve the growing semiconductor and liquid crystal display (LCD) market in that country.

The facility has been constructed through Korea Showa Chemicals Co. (KSC), a fully owned subsidiary of SDK established in August 2006. An opening ceremony was held at the site yesterday.

Reflecting the rapid increase in semiconductor/LCD production in recent years, South Korea’s demand for specialty gases for etching, cleaning and film-forming purposes* has been increasing sharply. SDK has been supporting the South Korean market with specialty gases produced at its Kawasaki Plant in Japan.

Since November last year, KSC has been directly receiving orders from South Korean customers and providing them with technical/quality support. With the completion of the storage facility, KSC will step up its activities to better serve the market, ensuring more timely and reliable services.

Under the Passion Project, the three-year consolidated business plan that runs from 2006 through 2008, SDK is promoting its semiconductor-processing material operations as a “growth driver” business.

The Showa Denko Group is now providing its specialty gases—produced in Japan and Taiwan—through five marketing units located in Japan, Taiwan, China, Singapore and South Korea. The Group is committed to providing high-quality products in a stable manner to Asian customers, aiming to increase its annual sales of semiconductor-processing materials to ¥30 billion by 2008.

*Notes:

Etching gases Used for incising fine lines and small holes on a thin film that covers a silicon wafer to produce electronic circuits
Cleaning gases Used for removing unnecessary chemical substances from furnaces
Film-forming gases Used for forming thin oxide/nitride films on silicon wafers

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Outline of the storage facility

Name KSC Anseong Gas Center
Location Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
Site 4,840 m2
Total floor space 770 m2

Outline of Korea Showa Chemicals Co.

Establishment August 2006
Head office Seoul
Capital 1,500 million won (approx. 180 million yen)
President Hisao Takamatsu (Corporate Officer; General Manager, Chemicals Division, SDK)
Scope of business Sale of specialty gases for the production of semiconductors and LCDs
Product items All types of specialty gases handled by SDK, including high-purity chlorine and high-purity ammonia


Newly completed specialty gas storage facility


Ribbon-cutting at the opening ceremony

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