KPCT To Build Semiconductor Chemical Manufacturing Facility In Casa Grande
The $200 million facility will be operational by 2025, creating over 60 jobs
CASA GRANDE, AZ (November 22, 2022) – KPCT Advanced Chemicals, a joint venture between Kanto Group, a leading semiconductor chemical supplier based in Taiwan and Chemtrade Logistics Inc., the leading North American producer of electronic grade sulfuric acid, announced today plans to build an electronic grade sulphuric acid manufacturing plant in Casa Grande, Arizona. The site will occupy 10 acres and is expected to be operational by 2025, creating approximately 65 jobs.
“Kanto Group is pleased to partner with Chemtrade and to leverage both parties’ strengths to bring new high-quality sulphuric acid capacity to serve the growing North American electronic chemicals market,” said Jerry Lu, KPPC Advanced Chemicals Inc. CEO.
The Casa Grande facility will have a total annual capacity of 100,000 metric tons of electronic grade acid, serving the growing North American semiconductor market. This facility will be the first greenfield construction of an electronic grade sulfuric acid plant in North America and is expected to provide superior reliability and consistent quality while minimizing emissions.
“We’re excited to welcome another globally-recognized manufacturing operation to Arizona’s robust semiconductor supply chain,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Arizona continues to attract the world’s leading semiconductor companies. We thank CEO Lu and the entire team at Kanto and look forward to supporting their success in Arizona for many years to come.”
KPCT’s facility will produce chemicals critical to semiconductor manufacturing, expanding Arizona's supply chain and fueling Pinal County’s rapid economic growth.
“This joint venture, bringing KPCT Advanced Chemicals to Greater Phoenix, is critical to the market and will strengthen our semiconductor ecosystem by bolstering the local supply chain while allowing uninterrupted service to a burgeoning hub of semiconductor suppliers and fabs in the region,” said Chris Camacho, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “We’re excited to see another semiconductor supplier investing in Casa Grande and look forward to partnering in their continued growth and success.”
Arizona was chosen due to its existing and growing semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem. Locating this facility close to its end customers allows improved service and helps reduce the environmental burden of shipping the product long distances.
“Casa Grande looks forward to KPCT Advanced Chemicals making the heart of Arizona’s innovation and technology corridor its home,” said Mayor Craig McFarland. “Our local economy welcomes the potential increase in job and revenue growth.”
"On behalf of the entire Board of Supervisors, I want to express our appreciation for KPCT's significant capital investment in the county," said Stephen Miller, Pinal County Supervisor for District 3. "The County's strategic location in the state makes it an outstanding area to serve the nearby semiconductor industry. We look forward to working with the partnership to help ensure their long-term success."
The KPCT facility adds to Pinal County’s economic momentum. In the last few years, companies including Solvay, Chang Chun Arizona, Kohler, Lucid, Nikola, and Owens Corning have announced or commenced manufacturing operations in Casa Grande, Coolidge and Eloy.
Rusty Carter, Chemtrade Logistics Inc., [email protected]
Alyssa Tufts, Arizona Commerce Authority, [email protected]
About Kanto PPC
KPPC Advanced Chemicals Inc., is a member of the KANTO-PPC group of Taiwan. KANTO-PPC is the leading manufacturer of ultra-high purity electronics grade chemicals, photoresist ancillaries and high selective etchants for semiconductor and optoelectronic industries throughout Asia.
Chemtrade operates a diversified business providing industrial chemicals and services to customers in North America and around the world. Chemtrade is one of North America’s largest suppliers of sulphuric acid, spent acid processing services, inorganic coagulants for water treatment, sodium chlorate, sodium nitrite, sodium hydrosulphite and phosphorus pentasulphide. Chemtrade is a leading regional supplier of sulphur, chlor-alkali products, liquid sulphur dioxide, and zinc oxide. Additionally, Chemtrade provides industrial services such as processing by-products and waste streams.
About the Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona's economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: attract, expand, create - attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond; and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit azcommerce.com and follow the ACA on Twitter @azcommerce.