Honeywell has announced it will produce HFO-1234ze beginning in late 2013, as used in insulation and aerosols, at its to its Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A
“Honeywell’s Baton Rouge plant has a long history of manufacturing materials that meet consumer needs for comfort and energy efficiency,” said Andreas Kramvis, president and CEO of Honeywell Specialty Materials. “We are pleased that this investment will enable Baton Rouge to become the premier source of a next-generation technology that enables low-global-warming aerosol propellants, foam blowing agents and refrigerants.”
“Customers are looking for solutions from Honeywell that are energy efficient, safe, economical and better for the environment than existing materials. The investment we are making in Baton Rouge will allow us to meet the significant global customer demand for HFO-1234ze, which has all of these attributes,” said Terrence Hahn, vice president and general manger of Honeywell Fluorine Products.
“This marks an important milestone for our entire portfolio of low-global-warming-potential products, which help safely and cost-effectively improve the energy efficiency of everyday products while meeting environmental regulations.”
HFO-1234ze has been registered with the European Chemicals Agency for quantities greater than 1000 tonnes per year, and has been registered in Japan and China. It has also been accepted for use and sale by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The majority of demand for HFO-1234ze is from Europe.