Honeywell today announced plans to build a manufacturing plant for non-ozone depleting refrigerant products in Qingpu, Shanghai, China. The new facility is expected to be operational in November 2004.
According to Honeywell, the plant will serve as the production and service centre in Asia for HFC refrigerants such as R-410A, R-407C and R-404A. These refrigerants are environmentally-friendlier alternatives to hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) and chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants being phased out globally as part of the 1990 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
This expansion follows Honeywell’s recent increase in HFC chemical manufacturing capacity in the United States, which included more than $200 million in new capital investment.
The US and Chinese facilities will expand Honeywell’s globally integrated supply system for refrigerants, with facilities in the United States providing some of the source materials for the Chinese facility. The new facility will blend and package finished products tailored to meet the rapidly expanding needs of the air-conditioning and refrigeration industries in Asia.
“China ranked as the sixth largest economy by nominal gross domestic product in 2002,” said Dr. James Yuann, President, Asia for Honeywell Specialty Materials. “Honeywell views China as a major opportunity for its core growth businesses and will continue to invest resources to support customers through increased speed of delivery and localisation.”
The new facility is said to be part of an overall Honeywell Specialty Materials plan for growth in the Asia Pacific region, especially China. Honeywell Specialty Materials will open a research and development facility in Shanghai in October 2004. The company also recently acquired manufacturing operations in Thailand to support the semiconductor industry.