• Pic credit: Chemours
    Pic credit: Chemours

The Chemours Company will be expanding its Opteon YF (HFO-1234yf) capacity by 40 per cent at its manufacturing facility in Ingleside, near Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Opteon YF and YF blends refrigerants are now used in millions of vehicles and thousands of retail stores around the world, with zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and global warming potential (GWP) that is significantly lower than legacy refrigerants.

Chemours will invest $80 million in the capacity expansion project to support market demand.

When Chemours opened the facility in June 2019, it more than tripled the company’s capacity of Opteon YF, making it one of the world’s largest HFO-1234yf production facilities.

This investment, along with on-going de-bottlenecking projects, will further increase site capacity by approximately 40 per cent, according to the president of thermal & specialised solutions at Chemours, Alisha Bellezza.

She said Opteon YF is a game-changing refrigerant solution accelerating global sustainability initiatives.

“As demand increases, we are proud to make the investment that will help our customers navigate the complex regulatory landscape while supporting their bottom line with a high-performing, readily available product,” Bellezza said.

The number of vehicles on United States roads using HFO-1234yf is estimated to be at least 80 million.

Since the opening of the production facility, several equipment manufacturing companies have also selected Opteon products for residential and commercial HVAC applications.

By 2025, Chemours estimates that its low-GWP product line will eliminate an estimated 325 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent globally.


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