DuPont expands capacity of Opteon YF (HFO-1234yf) refrigerant

Jan. 15, 2014
DuPont has increased capacity of DuPont Opteon YF (HFO-1234yf) refrigerant to meet demand this year.

DuPont Fluorochemicals (DuPont)  has increased capacity of DuPont™ Opteon® YF (HFO-1234yf) refrigerant to meet demand this year and that it continues working to establish lower-cost manufacturing to meet the long-term needs of automotive customers.

DuPont was the first company to offer commercial-scale manufacturing of HFO-1234yf. The company began making commercial shipments from a facility in Japan in November 2011 and from a facility in China in October 2012. The company announced that in Japan it has achieved its goals for expanding capacity in support of 2014 demand and that additional capacity at its China facility will be available by July 2015. The China facility will realize a further capacity expansion in 2016.

“DuPont continues to scale-up supply of this breakthrough product and to pursue investments in large-scale and lower-cost production to enable the growing adoption of HFO-1234yf,” said Thierry F.J. Vanlancker, president, DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts. “We were the first to deliver supply of HFO-1234yf and we are committed to investing further as demand grows, particularly now that industry and government bodies have re-affirmed the safety of this product.”

Opteon YF can help significantly reduce the environmental footprint of automobiles around the world. In addition to its extremely low global warming potential, it also offers excellent operational efficiency allowing for enhanced fuel efficiency. DuPont applies its scientific expertise to creating sustainable solutions that make a difference in the world and commercialization of Opteon YF is a great example of this commitment.

DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals more than 20 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.

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