CASA GRANDE, AZ – KPCT Advanced Chemicals, has announced plans to build an electronics-grade sulfuric acid manufacturing plant in Casa Grande, Arizona.
The venture is a joint venture between Kanto Group, a leading Taiwan-based supplier of semiconductor chemicals, and Chemtrade Logistics Inc, the leading North American producer of electronic-grade sulfuric acid.
According to the Arizona Commerce Authority, the plant will occupy 10 acres and is expected to be operational in 2025, creating approximately 65 jobs.
“Kanto Group is pleased to partner with Chemtrade and leverage the strengths of both parties to bring new high-quality sulfuric acid capacity to serve the growing North American electronics chemicals market,” said Jerry Lu, CEO of KPPC Advanced Chemicals Inc.
The Casa Grande plant will have a total annual capacity of 100,000 metric tons of electronic grade acid, which will serve the growing North American semiconductor market. This facility will be the first construction of an electronic grade sulfuric acid plant in North America and is expected to provide superior reliability and consistent quality while minimizing emissions.
The KPCT facility will produce critical chemicals for semiconductor manufacturing, expanding Arizona’s supply chain and driving rapid economic growth in Pinal County.
“This joint venture, which brings KPCT Advanced Chemicals to the Phoenix metro area, is critical to the market and will strengthen our semiconductor ecosystem by bolstering the local supply chain while enabling uninterrupted service to a thriving hub of semiconductor suppliers and fabs in the region,” said Chris Camacho, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
Arizona was chosen because of its existing and growing semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem. Locating this facility close to its end customers allows for improved service and helps reduce the environmental burden of shipping product over long distances.
The KPCT facility adds to Pinal County’s economic momentum. In recent years, companies such as Solvay, Chang Chun Arizona, Kohler, Lucid, Nikola and Owens Corning have announced or started manufacturing operations in Casa Grande, Coolidge and Eloy.