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Gradiant's H+E secures contract for water treatment facility in German semiconductor fab

  • Gradiant's H+E secures contract for water treatment facility in German semiconductor fab
  • The contract award follows the European Chips Act’s passing in September to bolster competitiveness and resilience in semiconductors.

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Gradiant
Gradiant Corporation and its subsidiaries deliver tailored solutions for industrial water users with the most complex water treatment challenges.

Gradiant, a global solutions provider for advanced water and wastewater treatment, announced that its recently acquired subsidiary, H+E Group, has been awarded a new contract to design and build an ultrapure water (UPW) plant for one of the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturers. This project, a major part of H+E’s approximately $120 million project backlog of signed orders, exemplifies the European Chips Act’s transformative goal of bolstering resilience and driving the digital and green transitions.

The new facility is in Germany, where the semiconductor industry is crucial for its integration with the advanced manufacturing and automotive sectors. The country plays a key role in the EU’s efforts to strengthen its position in the global semiconductor market. The European Commission has stated an objective to reach a 20 percent share of global semiconductor production in the region by 2030. The European Chips Act was pivotal in enabling this collaboration between H+E and the semiconductor client.

The new fab will be one of the most advanced and sustainable semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Europe, and will serve the renewable energy, data centers, and electric vehicle markets. The UPW produced by the new facility will play a critical role in the manufacturing processes of semiconductor chips, ensuring the highest quality and reliability.

The new fab will be one of the most advanced and sustainable semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Europe, and will serve the renewable energy, data centers, and electric vehicle markets

“As increasing demand, supportive policy, and private investment drive semiconductor growth in the EU and around the world, leading chipmakers are seeing water innovation as a means of ensuring long-term operational resilience and achieving sustainability goals,” said Prakash Govindan, COO of Gradiant. “This contract demonstrates H+E’s reputation for excellence in water treatment and the strength of Gradiant’s leading-edge portfolio in delivering comprehensive solutions to our clients. Our partnership with H+E is already yielding positive outcomes with this significant flagship endeavor in Europe.”

“Our client’s partnership with H+E, supported by Gradiant’s technology expertise, underscores our dedication to both sustainability and groundbreaking innovation,” stated Philipp Sausele, Managing Director of H+E Group. “Our new UPW facility will meet the client’s demanding operational reliability and efficiency standards to maximize yields. As the industry progresses, innovations in UPW, water recycling, and wastewater treatment will play a pivotal role in giving our clients the competitive edge. Together with Gradiant, we are positioned as the leading water solutions provider for the European semiconductor industry.”

This contract marks a significant milestone for H+E, Gradiant, and the European semiconductor industry. The project is expected to commence immediately, with completion anticipated later in 2025.

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