MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Honeywell and DuPont have formed a manufacturing joint venture to produce a new refrigerant with reduced global-warming potential for use in automotive air conditioners.
DuPont and Honeywell will construct and operate a plant to produce the new refrigerant, HFO-1234yf. The latest pact follows an earlier agreement under which the two companies developed the product.
The product meets the European Union's mandate to reduce the global-warming potential of refrigerants.
By 2017, all new automobiles sold in Europe will be required to use refrigerants with a low global-warming rating. The joint venture will begin supplying the refrigerant in the fourth quarter of 2011.