French chemical company Arkema has announced plans for construction of an R-1234yf refrigerant gas production plant with an anticipated start-up in 2016
It’s claimed Arkema believes car manufacturers have not been given a sufficiently clear view on the availability and supply conditions for 1234yf, and this has limited progress to convert to the next generation refrigerant.
The company’s goal is to restore confidence across the automotive sector in 1234yf and takes this opportunity to assure the automotive industry that 1234yf will be available in commercial quantities to meet the phase down of R134a. In addition in 2011, Arkema has taken steps to address the constraints limiting 1234yf’s availability with regulatory authorities.
Automative giant Mercedes is currently refusing to use 1234yf in new vehicles after claims that it poses a flammability risk. The German manufacturer is seeking further independent testing.