26 September 2002 05:57 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (CNI)--Singapore is planning to triple the output of its electronic chemicals and materials industry by 2010 from a base of S$1.2bn ($672.9m/Euro688.0m) in 2001, according to Economic Development Board (EDB) chairman Teo Ming Kian.
Teo, speaking at the opening on 26 September of Stella Chemifa's S$50m hydrofluoric acid plant on Jurong Island, said Singapore intended to develop a robust electronic chemicals and materials industry to support key growth electronic industries.
He said the EDB was aiming to attract the market leaders in each area to produce a wider range of wet chemicals, as well as wafer substrates and materials such as photoresists and mechanical planarisation (CMP) polishing slurries to support the growing number of semiconductor and LCD fabs in the Republic.
In particular, he said the imminent start-up of three new 300mm wafer fabs -- Chartered 7th, UMCi and AU -- would create a significant demand for chemicals and materials since 300mm fabs use three to four times more chemicals per fab than 200mm ones.
Teo said Singapore already had in place the research & development infrastructure and activities to support such technology development. Local research institutes such as the Institute of Microelectronics (IME) housed several strong multi-disciplinary research teams doing advanced electronics packaging research.
He said to further meet the requirements of speciality chemicals companies, Katoen Natie Sembcorp (KNS) has built a Specialty Chemicals Node on Jurong Island which is a multi-tenanted facility designed to allow speciality chemicals companies to scale up quickly with a much lower upfront capital outlay. KNS will also provide blending and post-production services like storage and warehousing which specialty chemicals could outsource to.
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