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Showa Denko Ups High-Purity Ammonia Production Capacity in China

- Strengthening Supply of Gases for Semiconductor Production -

Tokyo, Jan 31, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko (SDK) (TOKYO:4004) has increased the production capacity for high-purity ammonia (a specialty gas for semiconductor production) at its manufacturing subsidiary in Zhejiang Province, China, from 1,000 t/y to 2,000 t/y. The expanded facility started operation this month.

High-purity ammonia is used for nitride film deposition in the manufacturing processes of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). While LEDs are used for general lighting and backlight for LCDs, the LED market in China is growing for such new applications as landscape lighting and large screens, in addition to general lighting. Thus, SDK has strengthened its supply system to meet the growing demand for high-purity ammonia in East Asia, where electronics production sites are integrated.

SDK is operating three high-purity ammonia plants, one each in Japan, Taiwan, and China. Following the capacity expansion in China, SDK now has a total high-purity ammonia production capacity of 6,000 tons a year*. Under its consolidated business plan PEGASUS Phase II, SDK classifies the semiconductor-processing high-purity gas business as a "Growth" business. SDK will aim to further globalize the business this year, strengthening the production/distribution system in Asia and expanding sales.

*SDK's high-purity ammonia production sites and their capacities, as of January 31, 2014:
1. Japan: SDK's Kawasaki Plant (Kawasaki City) 1,500 t/y
2. Taiwan: Taiwan Showa Chemicals Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Tainan City) 2,500 t/y
3. China: Zhejiang Quzhou Juhua Showa Electronic Chemical Materials Co., Ltd. (Quzhou City, Zhejiang Province) 2,000 t/y

About Showa Denko

Showa Denko K.K. ('SDK'; TSE: 4004, US: SHWDF) is a major manufacturer and marketer of chemical products serving a wide range of fields ranging from heavy industry to the electronic and computer industries. SDK makes petrochemicals (ethylene, propylene), aluminum products (ingots, rods), electronic equipment (hard disks for computers) and inorganic materials (ceramics, carbons). The company has overseas operations and a joint venture with Netherlands-based Montell and Nippon Petrochemicals to make and market polypropylenes. In March 2001, SDK merged with Showa Denko Aluminum Corporation to strengthen the high-value-added fabricated aluminum products operations, and is today developing next-generation optical communications-use wafers. For more information, please visit www.sdk.co.jp .



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