04 September 2013 17:24 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Arkema is to construct a new plant for the production of a refrigerant gas that is expected to be more environmentally friendly than the current standard for automotive air conditioning, the France-based specialties company said on Wednesday.
The new plant will produce 1234yf fluorinated refrigerant gas, identified as having a lower impact on global warming than current industry standard refrigerant 134a, which is in the process of being phased out by EU policymakers in automobiles.
Under the terms of the EU Mobile Air Conditioning directive, R134a will be prohibited in new type-approved vehicles manufactured as of January 2013, and in all new vehicles sold in Europe from January 2017.
Arkema is to meet early 1234yf demand through a project in Asia, with a second phase in Europe slated to meet all demand from the phase-out of 134a. The plant - the location of which has yet to be disclosed – is expected to start up in 2016, the company added.
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