F-Gas demand for low-GWP HFO produces partnership amongst refrigerant rivals
Refrigerant manufacturer Honeywell has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mexichem to distribute its HFO R448A in the European Union to meet growing demand for the product, as the F-Gas regulations continue to bite.
Mexichem. which does not currently manufacture its own HFO refrigerants, will brand the product as Klea 448A. Honeywell brands it as Solstice N40.
Honeywell claims R448A as ’the supermarket industry’s most commonly used, lowest-GWP, nonflammable refrigerant to replace R404A.’ It allows for up to 16 per cent lower energy consumption in systems and can be used as a retrofit, as well as in new installations, the company says.
Julien Soulet, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Fluorine Products Europe, Middle East and Africa said: “Solstice N40 is already a leading choice for supermarkets. Expanding the Honeywell distribution network in Europe will make Solstice N40 more accessible to customers, helping to accelerate the industry’s conversion to environmentally preferable and energy efficient refrigerants.”
Sarah Hughes, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India commercial director for Mexichem’s Fluor Business Group, said: “We are committed to offering our European customers a product range which suits their needs today as well as safeguarding the future. We identified Klea 448A as a product which would complement our current product offering and give our customers a product that meets the future requirements of the EU market.”