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AkzoNobel Go Global With Increased Trimethyl Gallium Capacity

Metalorganic plant in LaPorte Texas production capability will double during Summer 2010 in response to unprecedented LED demand.

Dutch firm AkzoNobel is a major producer of high-purity semiconductor grade indium, gallium, aluminum and zinc-based metalorganics. These are key materials used as precursors in the production of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and solar cells.

The High Purity Metal Organic (HPMO) business which is part of the Functional Chemicals Business Unit has announced it intends to double capacity of it’s LaPorte Texan facility.   Owing to new applications in backlight units for computer screens and LED-TVs, the market for LEDs is booming. In addition, LED technology continues to make steady progress penetrating into general lighting and many other applications.

“This capacity expansion shows AkzoNobel’s commitment to the attractive and high growth LED and solar industry", says Bob Margevich, Managing Director of Functional Chemicals. “This business also supports our efforts in sustainability, by focusing on applications that drive energy efficiency and lower energy usage, like LEDs and solar cells".

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