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Chemours Breaks Ground on New U.S. Production Facility for Opteon Refrigerants

WILMINGTON, Del. — The Chemours Company (Chemours) has broken ground on the company’s new HFO-1234yf production facility. The new facility, located at the Chemours Corpus Christi plant in Ingleside, Texas, will triple the company’s world-leading capacity for its HFO-1234yf-based-products, which are low global warming potential (GWP) and better for the environment. Chemours will sell the low global warming potential refrigerant products and blends manufactured at this new plant under its Opteon trade name.

“This new facility represents a significant step forward for Chemours, as it demonstrates our commitment to providing low GWP solutions to the refrigerants industry,” said Mark Vergnano, Chemours president and CEO. “We see our Opteon products as the future for this industry since they provide the optimal balance of properties necessary to transition the world away from HFCs, the previous generation of refrigerants.”

This new facility will use an innovative, patented process to manufacture Opteon YF, Chemours’HFO-1234yf mobile refrigerant product used in automotive air conditioning, and Opteon refrigerant blends which are used across a range of applications. This investment will create the world’s largest facility for manufacturing hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs), and the location will allow Chemours to efficiently serve the growing market in North America and Europe, as well as the rest of the world. Currently, Chemours is the capacity leader for HFO-1234yf-based products, a position that is expected to be maintained as a result of this investment.

The Opteon refrigerants portfolio from Chemours represents a breakthrough line of low GWP solutions. They were developed to help meet more stringent global regulations while maintaining or improving performance versus incumbent products. Chemours has commercialized Opteon refrigeration products for use in automotive air conditioning, stationary and transport refrigeration and chillers. The first Opteon product commercialized was Opteon YF, or HFO-1234yf, for automotive air conditioning. This refrigerant was developed to enable automakers around the world to meet EU requirements, and it has a GWP of less than one. The company has a development pipeline of additional Opteon solutions for stationary air conditioning, foam blowing agents and waste heat recovery.

For additional information, visit opteon.com.