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Mexichem partners with Daikin for 407H refrigerant launch

HFO refrigerant, marketed as an R404A alternative, aims to offer lower GWP product ahead of latest F-Gas quota reduction

Mexichem has launched a lower GWP refrigerant called Klea 407H that it will market as an alternative to R404A and R507 when used in medium and low temperature applications

Sarah Hughes, Mexichem’s Fluor Business Group commercial director, said that it had partnered with Daikin Global to provide the refrigerant as a means of minimising retrofitting requirements for the refrigeration market. The partnership is part of an attempt to better prepare for upcoming changes in gas supply and production linked to the EU F-Gas regulations.

“The move away from higher GWP refrigerants is gathering pace, and the F-Gas quota reductions due in January 2018 makes finding reliable, accessible alternatives to refrigerants such as R404A a priority for the industry,” she said.

“We are delighted to partner with Daikin in offering Klea 407H, which provides an effective combination of performance and lower GWP to meet this need with minimal retrofit requirements for the refrigeration market.”

The product has been developed by Daikin to have a GWP of 1495 and has a competitive cost compared to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) blends on the market.

Mexichem claims that the launch of the refrigerant forms part of a strategy to cut down on the production of higher global warming potential gases for cooling purposes in line with EU regulations.

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