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Midea To Adopt Honeywell's Next-Generation Insulating Materials In Energy-Efficient Refrigerators

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that Midea, a leading Chinese appliance manufacturer, will adopt Honeywell's next-generation Solstice™ Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) to insulate Midea refrigerators and freezers.

Use of the lower-global-warming potential blowing agent will allow Midea to meet current and future energy efficiency and environmental regulations. Blowing agents are integral materials for energy efficient closed-cell foam used to insulate refrigerators.

"Honeywell is committed to developing technologies that help our customers produce energy-efficient appliances that are great for consumers and better for the environment," said Sanjeev Rastogi, business director for Honeywell Fluorine Products. "We are delighted to help Midea manufacture products that benefit from our expertise in developing and supplying high-performance, energy-efficient, and low-environmental-impact solutions."

Midea is currently transitioning from the use of a cyclopentane, a hydrocarbon blowing agent, to blends of cyclopentane and Enovate ® 245fa, Honeywell's current generation blowing agent, to improve the energy efficiency of its appliances. Subject to the terms of a pending final agreement between the two companies, Midea will continue to increase its use of Enovate 245a, but will also adopt Solstice LBA beginning in 2014 to insulate refrigerators and freezers to be manufactured in China.

"Midea is committed being a leader in the manufacture of energy-efficient appliances," said Eric Wang, president of Midea's refrigerator and freezer division. "Midea's planned use of Enovate 245fa and Solstice LBA will provide them with the lowest-cost route to meet current and future energy standards."

Blowing agents from Honeywell allow closed-cell polyurethane foam insulation to expand, and provide the majority of the foam's excellent insulating properties. These blowing agents can be used in a wide range of applications, including spray foam insulation, insulated architectural panels, and refrigerated shipping containers.

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