Fujifilm To Acquire Specialty Chemical Business From Air Products
FUJIFILM Electronic Materials, a leading global supplier of photoresists, developers, cleaners & removers, polyimides and thin film chemicals and equipment for the semiconductor industry, announced today that it has acquired the OptiYield™ Positive Photoresist developer business of Air Products and Chemicals Inc. FUJIFILM Electronic Materials is a subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, a leader in providing products and services based on the vast Fujifilm portfolio of proprietary digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies.
The addition of the OptiYield™ photoresist developer business will expand Fujifilm’s existing broad portfolio of developer products, which are used in the photolithography patterning process within the semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing industries. During this process, the developer completes the imaging within the photoresist and enables the formation of nanometer scale features in the photoresist-coated substrate.
“In certain applications, the OptiYield™ chemistry may provide significant performance and productivity gains compared to conventional developer chemistries,” said Dr. Brian E. O’Donnelly, Business Director, Formulated Products & Thin Film Systems, FUJIFILM Electronic Materials. “This acquisition is a complementary addition to our ancillaries product portfolio and will reinforce Fujifilm’s ability to serve our global customers and the semiconductor industry by offering a wider variety of products and solutions.”
FUJIFILM Electronic Materials will work closely with Air Products and customers to transfer supply and support functions from the Air Products’ facility in Tempe, Arizona to Fujifilm’s state-of- the-art manufacturing and research operations in Mesa, Arizona. Transfer of all operations is expected to be completed in first quarter of 2008.
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