September 26, 2013
Air Liquide finalizes acquisition of electronics materials company Voltaix
Air Liquide has finalized its acquisition of Voltaix Inc., a
U.S. based electronics materials company. The agreement to purchase Voltaix was
first announced on June 12.
This acquisition complements the Air Liquide ALOHATM product line of advanced
precursors, and brings together synergies in molecule discovery and scale up,
contributing to accelerate the introduction of a broader portfolio of new
high-tech materials to semiconductor manufacturers and therefore enabling the
increase in computing power and connectivity.
Founded in 1986, Voltaix is a manufacturer of materials used in the production
of semiconductor devices and advanced solar cells, with expertise and global
capabilities in silicon, germanium, and boron chemistries. It operates
manufacturing facilities in the U.S. in Branchburg (New Jersey), High Springs
(Florida) and Portland (Pennsylvania) and in South Korea in Sejong-si (South
Chungcheong Province). The company employs 185 people worldwide.
Michael J. Graff, Senior Vice-President Americas and a member of Air Liquide’s
Executive Committee, commented: “This acquisition combines the resources and
expertise of our two companies and creates synergies and growth opportunities to
expand our markets and product offerings for semiconductor manufacturers around
the world and to meet the growing consumer demand for increasingly powerful flat
screens, tablets and smart phones. We welcome our new employees and look forward
to continuing to provide customers with the highest levels of products,
services, quality and reliability at the forefront of innovation.”
Peter de Neufville, Chairman of Voltaix Board and John de Neufville, Founder and
Chairman of Voltaix’s Executive Committee, commented: “We are pleased to know
that the legacy of what we have built at Voltaix, as a result of the
contributions of so many talented and dedicated individuals, will now continue
under the stewardship of Air Liquide, a company similarly committed to
innovation and the needs of customers.”
Voltaix manufactures specialty materials that enhance the performance and manufacturability of semiconductors and photovoltaics. Utilizing exceptional expertise in silicon, germanium and boron chemistry, our products are custom designed for the most demanding applications, including:
- Advanced DRAM computer memory
- Silicon-Germanium (SiGe) transistors for wireless communications chips
- Strained silicon for high speed logic computer chips (CPUs)
- Copper-enabling low-K dielectrics for computer chips
- High efficiency thin film silicon solar cells
Voltaix materials enable logic chips to compute more quickly and solar cells to absorb a broader portion of the solar spectrum, and they improve manufacturability by minimizing defect formation and increasing machine throughput.
Voltaix is the world leader in the manufacture of a number of electronics products, including germane, diborane, trisilane, and trimethylboron. We use proprietary synthesis, purification, and packaging technology developed in-house. We also design and build the equipment used in our manufacturing operations. The company, founded in 1986, employs approximately over 150 people at its sites in North Branch, NJ, High Springs, FL, Portland, PA and Yeongi-gun, Choongchungnam-do, South Korea. Intel Capital, Novus Energy Partners, Mission Point Capital Partners, and Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation are current investors in Voltaix.