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Chemours secures Chinese R1234yf supply deal

Chemours has struck a deal to supply its Opteon-branded R1234yf refrigerant to the Chinese Delian Group.

Delian, which specialises in automotive chemicals and lubricants, will use the new strategic agreement to capitalise on the increasingly widespread use of R1234yf in the Chinese automotive market. 

The refrigerant, which was introduced by DuPont and Honeywell in 2007, was developed in response to the ongoing phase-down of refrigerants with a high global warming potential (GWP). 

Commonly used R134a, for example, has a GWP of 1430. Chemours’ Opteon R1234yf, on the other hand, is claimed to offer similar cooling performance and a GWP of less than one. 

Chemours – which was launched as a spin-off from DuPont in 2015 – expects more than 95 per cent of vehicles manufactured for the US market alone to use R1234yf by 2021. 

The company also has significant dedicated Opteon production facilities, allowing it to meet the rising demand for the environmentally friendly refrigerant.