Honeywell Sells Novel Low-Global-Warming Blowing Agent To European
Product used in energy-saving foam to seal around windows and doors, as well
as in foam adhesives and aerosols, meets EU global warming regulatory
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Oct. 7, 2008 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced
today it has begun selling its low-global-warming blowing agent for
one-component foam and aerosol applications in Europe. Honeywell launched the
product and received clearance from the European Union to import limited
commercial quantities last year.
The new blowing agent, hydrofluoroolefin HFO-1234ze, has zero ozone-depletion
potential and meets EU regulatory requirements for reducing the use of high
global-warming-potential (GWP) substances. This fourth-generation technology
from Honeywell is a direct replacement for hydrofluorocarbon R-134a in
one-component foam and aerosol applications.
The product enables one-component foam to expand in order to seal gaps and
crevices around windows and doors which can help home and building owners save
“We are pleased to provide an environmentally superior and energy-efficient
solution for foam and aerosol manufacturers,” said Rene Mueller, managing
director of Fluorine Products in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. “We
are committed to helping our customers meet current and potential regulatory
“Any replacement material must maintain or improve energy efficiency and be a
less potent greenhouse gas,” said Ian Shankland, technology leader for
Honeywell’s low-GWP initiative. “Our next-generation blowing agent meets these
criteria while offering similar performance properties as its
According to industry estimates, there were more than 200 million cans of
one-component foam sold throughout Europe in 2007. One-component foam is easily
dispensed from a can and requires no mixing.
The blowing agent also serves as a propellant for aerosols, which are used in a
wide range of applications including warning systems and marine navigation.
Honeywell’s new HFO-1234ze was recently used in the air horns at the Union of
European Football Associations tournament, Euro 2008.
Honeywell is a recognized, leading innovator in high-performance blowing agent
technology for closed-cell foam insulation and advanced energy-efficiency
refrigerants for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, as well as other
heat transfer fluid applications. Honeywell has consistently helped
manufacturers replace ozone-depleting and global warming substances, improving
the energy efficiency of stationary air conditioning systems. Honeywell has
ongoing research and development efforts to develop environmentally superior
solutions for customers around the world.
Honeywell is a pioneer in developing hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) technology, which
is the next generation, low-GWP product for blowing agent, propellant and
refrigerant applications. Honeywell is currently partnering with the global
automobile industry to launch a low-GWP refrigerant solution to replace
For more information about Honeywell’s low-GWP blowing agent, visit http://www51.honeywell.com/sm/lgwp-uk.
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global leader in providing customers with high-performance specialty materials,
including fluorine products; specialty films and additives; advanced fibers and
composites; intermediates; specialty chemicals; electronic materials and
chemicals; and technologies and materials for petroleum refining.
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