Strategically located in Taiwan, Asia Union Electronic Chemical Corporation (AUECC) is well-positioned to supply the ultrapure chemicals required for its clients' needs in electronics manufacturing. The company has access to Taiwan's robust electronics industry, hi-tech infrastructure, research and development expertise and intellectual property protection. AUECC develops customised chemical solutions used in cleaning, etching and patterning of silicon for semiconductors, liquid crystal displays and photovoltaic devices. "What differentiates us from our competitors is that we manufacture most of our chemicals, giving us ownership over a larger part of the value chain," says president Curtis Dove. Vertical integration has enabled AUECC to consistently control chemical purity, decrease costs and respond more quickly to customer requests and changes in the market. AUECC is the fourth-largest supplier of chemicals to the electronics industry worldwide, and it foresees edging into first place soon. Company sales have grown by an average of 25 per cent in the past five years, one of the highest growth rates in the industry. In an effort to increase production capabilities, AUECC plans to add a new facility in Southeast Asia to augment its plants in Taiwan and on the mainland. The company's global reach and knowledge of the Asian market enable it to act as a bridge for technology companies from Europe and the United States that seek to expand their operations in Asia. Being close to its customers gives AUECC the ability to foresee opportunities in the market and continue to innovate. To support the growing demand for speciality chemicals at lower cost, AUECC seeks to offer onsite chemical recycling. "It is now technically and financially feasible and is becoming logistically imperative for large electronics manufacturers," Dove says. AUECC is pushing towards onsite recycling to help its clients save on limited natural resources and improve efficiencies, logistics and supply chain management capabilities.