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Honeywell partners with Indian and Chinese manufacturers to increase supply of low-global-warmingpotential auto refrigerant Honeywell, a member of MACS, announced that it has entered into a supply agreement and technology license with an Indian manufacturer to produce Honeywell Solstice® yf, an automobile refrigerant with a global warming potential of less than 1. Honeywell will license its proprietary process technologies to produce the refrigerant to Navin Fluorine International Limited (NFIL), which will manufacture Solstice yf in India exclusively for Honeywell. Small-scale production is expected to begin by the end of 2016. This agreement is in line with Honeywell's commitment to meet growing demand through a robust global supply infrastructure. Honeywell and its key suppliers are investing approximately $300-million to increase global production capacity for Solstice yf, including the construction of a new, world-scale manufacturing plant using new process technology at the company's existing Geismar, LA refrigerants manufacturing site. "More than 8 million cars on the road today safely use Solstice yf." says Ken Gayer, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Fluorine Products. "That number is expected to grow to more than 18 million cars by the end of 2016. This agreement reflects our commitment to delivering the supply chain reliability and security that customers can rely upon as they transition to next-generation products that are safe to use, available today and capable of making a significant positive environmental impact. Honeywell's supply agreement with NFIL, one of India's largest manufacturers of specialty fluorochemicals, represents a first step in our commercial relationship that will help us to meet growing global demand for Solstice yf." Honeywell also announced that it has entered into a supply agreement with a Chinese manufacturer to produce Honeywell Solstice® yf, further extending its global supply base for this low-global-warming-potential mobile air conditioning refrigerant. Under a multi-year agreement, Juhua Corp., one of China's top fluorine material enterprises, will manufacture Solstice yf in China for Honeywell, and Honeywell will market and sell the product to customers in the U.S. and Europe. Production is expected to begin by the end 34 ACTION * May 2016 of 2016. In addition helping to meet worldwide demand, production in China can support the future adoption of Solstice yf in the region. The additional production will complement capacity currently being built by Honeywell in the U.S. Solstice yf, also known as HFO-1234yf, is a next-generation hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) refrigerant that is a near drop-in replacement for R-134a, a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) with a global warming potential (GWP) of 1,300, for use in vehicle air conditioning systems globally. Solstice yf is also being used in a growing number of stationary air conditioning and commercial refrigeration applications. The demand for Solstice yf for use in mobile air conditioning is accelerating rapidly due to increased global environmental regulations and policies aimed at reducing the global warming impacts of HFCs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Solstice yf for use as a low-global-warming replacement for R-134a, which is banned in mobile air conditioning systems in new passenger cars and light-duty trucks starting in model year 2021. Automakers in the U.S. are also adopting Solstice yf to help comply with Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and vehicle greenhouse gas standards, which aim to improve the average fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with cars and light trucks. The MAC directive in the European Union is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of air-conditioning systems in passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The directive requires that refrigerants in all new vehicle types sold in Europe after Jan. 1, 2013 have a GWP below 150, and that all cars sold in Europe after 2017 must meet the new GWP requirement of less than 150. For more information about HFO-1234yf, visit Training planned in Australasia VASA, which represents the automotive air conditioning industry in Australasia, along with Refrigerants Australia, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia and the Australian Refrigeration Council, identified a need for a seminar roadshow designed to inform and educate thousands of technicians and businesses about the new refrigerants and technologies they will soon be encountering. Much of the automotive industry lacks awareness or is confused by conflicting messages or misinformation about the new automotive air-conditioning refrigerants R-1234yf and R-744, so there is a pressing need for this campaign of seminars, which will be made up of presentations from highly credible sources. Topics covered will include technological background, reasons for the phase-out of R-134a and the impacts these will have on their equipment, skills and safety practices. Among the target audience are main dealer

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ACtion Magazine - May 2016
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