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Honeywell and DuPont to co-produce HFO1234yf

Published: 21 May 2010 - 00:00
HONEYWELL and DuPont are to combine forces in the race to produce HFO1234yf ahead of the European ban on R134a for automotive air conditioning systems.
With the European Commission confirming that there will be no concessions regarding the January 1 2011 ban on the use of R134a in new cars, the two refrigerant manufacturers have reacted swiftly.

Under a manufacturing joint venture announced last month, DuPont and Honeywell will share financial and technological resources to design, construct and operate a world-scale manufacturing facility for the new refrigerant.

This follows on from the two companies’ earlier joint development agreement and is designed to enable DuPont and Honeywell to meet an immediate world-wide demand that would not be possible individually.

Initial supplies of 1234yf will be produced under licence from Changshu 3F Zhonghao, DuPont’s trading partner in China and a company in which DuPont is in the process of acquiring a minority interest. This plant is expected to begin supplying the refrigerant in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Meanwhile, the joint venture partners are searching for a suitable site for a much larger plant for global supply for all cars, which is planned to be operational for 2015.

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Published prior to March 2014
By Kevin Maher
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I am in the Collision industry. We recover a lot of freon when repairing wrecked cars. When will we be seeing this in the U.S.? Are companies like RobinAir already making freon recovery units for this new freon? Thank you!
Published prior to March 2014
By Maurice Cairns
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A joint venture in which niether have a facility to manufacture HF01234yf,and intend to build a manufacturing facility in China as a stop gap. They then to have to build a full manufactuing facility (somewhere)by 2015. It could only happen in the RAC industry.
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