) has announced that it is making strong progress in
commercializing Opteon YF (HFO-1234yf) refrigerant. It is making
commercial shipments of the refrigerant from its facilities in
Japan and China.
DuPont's Opteon YF is a next-generation refrigerant and a group
of leading automakers confirmed that the product is safe and
effective for use in automotive applications. The product has a
99.7% lower global warming potential (GWP) than the refrigerant
which it has replaced and the risk of vehicle fire associated
with this refrigerant is very rare.
DuPont considers Opteon YF to be an ideal solution for
automotive air conditioning in terms of safety, performance and
environmental impact. DuPont anticipates that it has enough
supply to meet current customer needs for compliance with the
European Union's Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) Directive,
effective Jan 2013. This regulation is a necessary component in
the European Union's sustainability programs and will have
considerable impact on reducing the environmental footprint of
In order to facilitate more adoption of Opteon YF, DuPont is
prepared to invest in additional capacities and has also build a
strong network for distribution of Opteon YF to aftermarket
customers in Europe.
The facility in China maintains the product quality and
production levels and sometimes even exceeds it. The supply
target customers in China, who have already switched to Opteon
YF, are also visiting the facility in China to understand its
capabilities and quality assurance processes.
DuPont is a global chemical and life sciences company and
provides innovative products, materials, and services to the
DuPont currently retains a Zacks Rank #3 (hold).
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