GFS Chemicals Expands Product Line for Electronics Manufacturers

Ceric Ammonium Nitrate Now Available in Large-Batch Electronics Grade; gives GFS complete product range from Commercial through Primary Standard

COLUMBUS, Ohio, -- Specialty chemical manufacturer GFS Chemicals, Inc. is expanding its commitment to electronics manufacturers with a domestically produced electronics-grade Ceric Ammonium Nitrate ((NH4)2Ce(NO3)6). The chemical is now available off-the-shelf in a purity grade suitable for specialty electronic applications.

"As a company, we understand the needs of electronics manufacturers," says J. Steel Hutchinson, the third-generation owner and president of GFS Chemicals. "Product consistency, predictable and responsive delivery times, competitive prices and a secure supply chain. We can now meet those needs with an electronics-grade Ceric Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) product suitable for etching applications."

CAN is typically used to make a chrome etchant for the manufacture of electronic microcircuits. GFS now produces the chemical in both commercial and electronics grade and can produce higher purity products for customers with more stringent trace metal requirements.  The new electronics-grade product is suitable for common electronic etching applications and can be used as feedstock by etchant manufacturers who want to offer a range of CAN-based etchants.

"We do all of the CAN manufacturing in our Columbus, OH, production facility and have established a very stable supply chain for the raw materials," says Hutchinson. "By controlling all of the production locally, we can produce a product with a consistency and purity that our customers can't always find overseas. Making an electronics-grade CAN part of our standard product offering allows us to produce it in large batches to keep our prices highly competitive."

GFS Chemicals uses both overseas and domestic raw materials and does extensive testing to ensure the quality of the final product. "GFS can offer shorter lead times and a product that is highly consistent batch to batch," says Robert Kramer, Quality and Technical Sales Manager. "We also guarantee transparency in our sourcing and operations and highly responsive customer service that is unmatched by overseas suppliers."

In addition to CAN, GFS Chemicals produces a wide range of high-purity acids and other chemicals that support the electronics industry. GFS's "Process Perfect" batch processing approach allows them to produce specialty chemicals and customized products in large quantities while maintaining a high level of consistency between batches. GFS also provides "total product lifecycle" solutions for clients who need guaranteed consistency from R&D to full production scale.

The new electronics-grade CAN is available immediately for etchant manufacturers, electronics manufacturers and other industrial clients in multi-ton batch sizes. GFS also produces custom etchants to meet specific application requirements.

About GFS Chemicals, Inc.

GFS Chemicals, Inc., was established in 1928 and is a third-generation, privately held business with facilities in Columbus and Powell, OH. GFS has three strategic business units: Inorganic Specialty Chemicals Manufacturing (high purity & anhydrous materials for critical applications), Organic Specialty Chemicals Manufacturing (acetylenes, olefins and specialty Grignards) and Research and Analytical Reagents (branded reagent laboratory chemicals). GFS has more than 100 employees located at three separate manufacturing facilities and their administrative offices.

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Robert Kramer

Quality and Technical Sales Manager 

Inorganic Manufacturing

614-224-5345, ext. 360

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