1234yfJAPAN: Asahi Glass Co (AGC) is to supply Honeywell with the new HFO refrigerant R1234yf from a new manufacturing plant it is building in Chiba.

Demand for HFO-1234yf is expected to grow rapidly in Japan in response to regulations on high-GWP refrigerants slated to take effect in 2015. The new plant is expected to come online from around the middle of 2015.

Although best known, as the name suggests, for its glass manufacturing operations, AGC has a thriving chemical business of which the manufacture of refrigerants is a part. It was formed in 1959 as Asahi-Penn Chemical, merging with Asahi Glass in 2009.