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Honeywell Partners to Produce Environmentally-Preferred Auto Refrigerant in China


Honeywell 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 of 2016. In addition to helping to meet worldwide demand, production in China can help 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 with a global warming potential (GWP) of less than 1 – lower than carbon dioxide -- that is a near drop-in replacement for R-134a, a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) with a GWP of 1,300. “Honeywell’s investments, and that of its partners, will ensure that customers will have a reliable supply of this groundbreaking, environmentally preferable technology that is safely cooling more than 8 million cars worldwide,” said Ken Gayer, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Fluorine Products. “This agreement with Juhua will ensure supply to meet growing global demand as well as to help support future adoption of low-global-warming-potential products in China in response to concerns about increasing global greenhouse gas emissions.”