MATHESON 1st materials supplier to join ISMI ESH initiative

May 16, 2011 — The International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI), global consortium of major semiconductor manufacturers, added MATHESON, a global manufacturer and supplier of electronics and specialty materials and equipment, to its Environment, Safety and Health (ESH) Technology Center.

They will collaborate to develop data-driven environmental and sustainable solutions in areas such as energy and resource conservation, chemical management, and industry response to climate change at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s (CNSE) Albany NanoTech Complex.

"We see this partnership as providing MATHESON access to resources and data that will help us develop new environmentally-friendly products and more far reaching sustainability initiatives," said Bill Kroll, Chairman and CEO, MATHESON.

Semiconductor fabs’ environmental footprints can be improved while staying productive and profitable, said Sanjay Rajguru, director of ISMI. The SEMATECH and ISMI ESH program has been pursuing energy and resource conservation for over 15 years and has collectively documented best practices for energy and resource conservation. For example, ISMI was successful in providing proven process data (etch rate, uniformity, particles) to enable member companies to implement vacuum pump idle mode savings.

In 2009, ISMI launched its ESH Technology Center to further address the energy and resource conservation needs of the semiconductor industry. The center is the industry’s first global collaborative research effort dedicated to finding and implementing green technologies that reduce energy consumption, lower costs, and promote greater productivity in manufacturing.

In 2011, ISMI partnered with CNSE to create the world’s first NanoHealth and Safety Center (NSC), headquartered at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex. More information on the Center and its initiatives is available at

MATHESON is a single source for industrial, welding and safety supplies, medical, specialty and electronic gases, gas handling equipment, high performance purification systems, engineering and gas management services, and on-site gas generation. MATHESON is the largest subsidiary of the Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation Group.

SEMATECH is an international consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers. ISMI is a global alliance of the world’s major semiconductor manufacturers, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of SEMATECH. Learn more at

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