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Honeywell starts production of propellant and insulating agent

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Honeywell’s Louisiana manufacturing facility is producing HFO-1234ze for aerosols

Honeywell has started full-scale commercial production of a low-global-warming-potential (GWP) material used as an aerosol propellant, insulating agent and refrigerant. The material, known by the industry designation HFO-1234ze and marketed by Honeywell under its Solstice line of low-global-warming materials, is being produced at the Honeywell Fluorine Products facility in Baton Rouge, La.

Ken Gayer, Vice President and General Manager, Honeywell’s Fluorine Products business, said, “Honeywell’s Baton Rouge production facility is ready to serve customers around the world with this innovative material, which has an ultra-low GWP of less than one. We are seeing increasing demand for our entire Solstice line of low GWP materials, and this new product has already been adopted by a range of customers globally.”

Honeywell’s Baton Rouge facility was built in 1945 and continues to serve as one of Honeywell’s main manufacturing sites for its Performance Materials and Technologies business. The site employs more than 200 people.

Bobby Jindal, Governor, Louisiana Governor said, “Honeywell helps support hundreds of jobs in our state, and we are proud the company is expanding in Baton Rouge with a brand new product line. This project is a good example of how Louisiana’s outstanding business climate is convincing companies like Honeywell to reinvest in our state, retain great existing jobs and create additional new career opportunities for our people.”

At a recently held event sponsored by the White House, Honeywell announced that it will increase production of its low GWP refrigerants, insulation materials, aerosols and solvents, and, prior to 2020, will drive a 50 per cent reduction in its annual production of high GWP hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) on a CO2 equivalent basis. The company projects that use of its low GWP Solstice materials to replace HFCs will eliminate more than 350 million metric tonne in CO2 equivalents by 2025, equivalent to removing 70 million cars from the road for one year.

EP News BureauMumbai

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