Morris Township, New Jersey -- Honeywell is to invest $33 million in its Baton Rouge, Louisiana, manufacturing facility for the low-global-warming-potential (GWP) product, HFO-1234ze (hydrofluoroolefin-1234ze), to meet growing need for the material.
Honeywell earlier announced (12 May 2011) that it had tripled capacity for HFO-1234ze at a small-scale facility at its Buffalo Research Lab in New York state.
HFO-1234ze is used in many polyurethane foam and aerosol applications.
According to Honeywell, the Baton Rouge plant is one of the leading suppliers of refrigerants in the US.
The investment will mean the Baton Rouge facility can produce HFO-1234ze on a commercial scale -- scheduled to begin in late 2013.
Andreas Kramvis, president and ceo of Honeywell Specialty Materials said: "We are pleased that this investment will enable Baton Rouge to become the premier source of a next-generation technology that enables low-global-warming aerosol propellants, foam blowing agents and refrigerants."
"The investment we are making in Baton Rouge will allow us to meet the significant global customer demand for HFO-1234ze," added Terrence Hahn, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Fluorine Products, in the company statement.
HFO-1234ze has been accepted for use and sale in foam and aerosols by the US Environmental Protection Agency. It is also currently used in Europe and Japan, with the majority of demand coming from Europe.
HFO-1234ze is non-flammable, non-ozone-depleting and has a global warming potential (GWP) of 6. It can be used in a variety of applications and can replace HFC-134a (hydrofluorocarbon 134a) which has GWP of 1430) and HFC-152a (which has a GWP of 124) in aerosol uses and thermal insulating foams.
Honeywell noted that earlier this year, HFO-1234ze was recognized by the Paris Aerosol Forum as the best new technical product innovation.
According to the European Aerosol Federation, 5100 million aerosol containers were produced in Europe in 2009, while more than 4000 million aerosol containers were produced in the United States last year, according to the Consumer Specialty Products Association.