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(AGCCA) has opened a new office in Cupertino, California, to support the advanced materials needs of semiconductor and electronics manufacturers located on the northern West Coast.

The Business Development Office Chemicals (BDOC) will enable the company to build and enhance relationships in the region…relationships with customers, partners and technology associations and organizations. The office will be led by Ichiro Yamanouchi, new market development director. His presence in the region will also enable AGCCA to directly inform stakeholders in semiconductor and electronics development about the company’s innovative sustainable solutions.

Products Supported by Cupertino Office

The Cupertino office will promote a wide variety of advanced materials including:

Fluon® ETFE and PFA resins

These resins are ideal for tube, hose, gasket and sheet as well as components used in water filtration for semiconductor production. They are melt processable copolymers composed of ethylene and tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) and a copolymer of tetrafluoroethylene and a perfluorinated vinyl ether (PFA). Their superior physical toughness, fire retardant properties and resistance to chemicals, UV and extreme temperatures make these resins ideally suited for a wide range of high-performance products and components. Also, these materials are highly suitable for certain semiconductor components due to their low metal content that meets SEMI F57 standard.

Fluon ETFE mold release films

AGC’s vertically integrated ETFE is extruded into high-performance fluorine-based plastic film that exhibits exceptional transparency, antifouling and anti-sticking properties, mechanical strength and durability. ETFE film is ideal for a wide variety of applications ranging from solar cells to release film for electronics. Fluon ETFE film will not easily rip or scratch over time, even in the harshest environments. The film has a high tensile elongation (200–510) and tear strength, as well as a thermal melting point of 260°C and a linear thermal expansion coefficient of 9.4.

AFLAS® FFKM series fluoroelastomers for components used in semiconductor plasma processes at elevated temperatures

These are the materials of choice for parts and components that need to perform reliably in the world’s harshest environments. These advanced materials are ultra-clean with exceptionally low metal content and excellent plasma resistance.  They also achieve unique properties over conventional FKM-type fluoroelastomers. These properties include outstanding resistance to heat up to 300 °C, chemicals, acids, bases, solvents, ozone and steam.

CYTOP™ Amorphous fluoropolymers for optics and semiconductors

These fluoropolymers have the same excellent chemical, thermal, electrical and surface properties as conventional fluoropolymers like PTFEs, but also exhibit high optical transparency and good solubility in specific fluorinated solvents. Think of them as transparent PTFEs. They have thermoplastic characteristics as well as transparency, solubility, insulation properties, resistance to chemicals, and oils/water repellency.  They are a popular choice for coating electronic materials since they exhibit low refractive index, low coefficient of optical dispersion and good lamination properties.

Fluon+ Adhesive fluoropolymers to chemically bond with polymers, metals and printed circuit boards

These functional adhesive fluoropolymer compounds are made with Fluon ETFE or PFA. They offer adhesive and dispersive properties and a level of compatibility with other materials not previously possible with fluoropolymers. These materials are used in applications requiring strong adhesion to many other polymers, as well as copper clad laminates (CCL) for rigid and flexible PCBs. The functional adhesive group on the polymer chain can allow for adhesion without the need for a tie layer or surface treatment.  They also exhibit high permeation resistance to many fluids and gases and exceptional dielectric properties.

Environmentally friendly cleaning agents for electronics

AsahiKlin and AMOLEA solvents are designed to replace solvents like halogenated solvents, n-propyl bromide and trichloroethylene. These precision cleaning solvents have no flash point, no ozone depletion potential (ODP), low global warming potential (LGWP) and low surface tension. These solvents have excellent solvency with a wide variety of press oils, cutting oils, silicone oils , refrigerant oils, greases, asphalt pitches and fluxes used in the electronics industry.

Ionomer dispersion grades for hydrogen fuel cells in fuel cell vehicles

FORBLUE i-SERIES ionomer dispersion grades are perfluorosulfonic acid (PFSA) ionomer dispersions in an aqueous media (alcohol/water). They boost the power and durability of hydrogen fuel cells in fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Compared to competing ionomer dispersions, i-SERIES dispersions enable FCVs to have a greater energy output and more reliable long-term operation because i-SERIES grades enable increased proton conductivity and chemical and mechanical stability.

Office Location

The new office is located at 19200 Stevens Creek Blvd, Suite 230, Cupertino, CA 95014, where AGC Business Development Americas (ABDA) also has an office.

For more information about AGCCA’s new location, contact Ichiro Yamanouchi at




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