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An Environmentally Preferable Way to Store and Transport Goods

Honeywell's Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) will be used exclusively in the insulation of refrigerated shipping containers, commonly known as reefers, by Unit45, a global leader in the sale and leasing of reefers.

Reefers are one of the most important tools for transporting temperature-sensitive goods across land and water. The global reefer supply was more than 2 million in 2012, according to Drewry Maritime Research, an international research and advisory firm focused on the maritime and shipping industry.

Building reefers to be well-insulated requires advanced materials that offer optimal performance with minimal environmental impact. The latter quality is particularly important, as many parts of the world are now enforcing global regulations that govern the global warming potential of insulating materials and phasing down use of previous-generation materials that have contributed to climate change.

“The containers made with Solstice LBA have provided superior performance over the past few years,” said Jan Koolen, CEO of Unit45. “These reefers consume less energy and also help to keep us ahead of global environmental regulations calling for a reduction in climate impact.”

Solstice LBA is an insulating material that is used in a wide variety of applications such as refrigeration equipment, spray foam insulation and metal panels. It has an ultra-low global-warming-potential (GWP) of 1, so it has the same global warming impact as naturally occurring carbon dioxide. It is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an alternative to previously used high-GWP materials.

Patrick Clifford, global business manager for Honeywell's foam blowing agents business, said, “We are pleased that Unit45 is taking a leadership role in the innovation of refrigerated container technology and adopting Solstice LBA for all their new containers. Numerous other customers in the container, appliance and construction industries are evaluating and adopting Solstice LBA to improve energy efficiency and comply with environmental regulations.”

Honeywell has a world-scale production capacity manufacturing plant for Solstice LBA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that started up in May 2014.

Josh Byerly
Performance Materials and Technologies