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Matheson to rep Pioneer’s CIGS materials

Under a new agreement, Matheson Tri-Gas will distribute Pioneer Materials’ CIGS and CIS compounds, including sputtering targets and powders, targeting the thin-film photovoltaic market.

March 22, 2010 – Under a new agreement, Matheson Tri-Gas will distribute Pioneer Materials’ CIGS (copper indium gallium selenium) and CIS (copper indium disulphide) compounds, including sputtering targets and powders, targeting the thin-film photovoltaic market.

The deal, the companies say, will tap Matheson’s expertise with high-purity gases and materials (R&D/purification, sales, marketing, and logistics), giving Pioneer a distribution footprint for its manufacturing of various compounds used in photovoltaics and thermoelectrics, the companies note in a statement. Pioneer’s core business has been supplying materials for thin-film deposition (sputtering and evaporation), including sputtering targets for rewritable optical media: CD-RW/DVD-RW (ZnS-SiO2), phase-change alloys (Ag, Ge, Te, Sb, etc.), and LCD applications (ITO). Its production facility in Chengdu, China, began operation in late 2002, with maximum capacity of 1000 targets/month output.

“This transaction with Matheson Tri-Gas enables Pioneer Materials, Inc. to scale up production levels to meet the growing demands of the thin-film photovoltaic industry,” noted Leon Chiu, president of Pioneer Materials, in a statement. “Together, Matheson Tri-Gas and Pioneer Materials will meet the emerging worldwide demand for critical materials used in energy harvesting applications.”