Whirlpool Corporation Partners with Honeywell, Announces Use of Next
Generation Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent in U.S. Refrigerators
Blowing Agent Technology with Low Global Warming Potential Provides Superior
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Jan. 22, 2014
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool
Corporation(NYSE: WHR) announced it has implemented the use of Honeywell's
Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA), into its environmentally responsible and
energy efficient insulation used in U.S.-made refrigerators and freezers. The
global warming potential (GWP) of the new foam blowing agent is 99.9%^i lower
than 245fa the most common foam blowing agent widely used within the U.S.
industry, resulting in a more environmentally-responsible household
refrigerator. The conversion of all U.S. manufacturing centers is scheduled to
be completed by the end of 2014 and the impact to the global warming effect
will be the equivalent of removing more than 400,000 cars from the road^ii.
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"Whirlpool Corporation and Honeywell believe we have responsibility to be as
proactive as we can to preserve our environment, and meet the demands of our
consumers," said Joseph Liotine, president of Whirlpool U.S. operations. "By
introducing this new insulation to our refrigerators, we've taken steps to
reduce global warming potential, the most significant contributor to
environmental impact for refrigerators without compromising quality or the
energy efficiency of our appliances."
This is the first use of the innovative blowing agents in home appliances.
Through the partnership Whirlpool Corporation is the world's first home
appliance manufacturer to begin implementing Honeywell's new Solstice® blowing
agent in its foam insulation. The company has already voluntarily begun
phasing out its use of hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) in its U.S. refrigerators and
freezers utilizing the co-developed foam that provides more energy efficiency
than commonly used hydrocarbons and the lowest global warming potential in its
"Whirlpool is a world-class company that is leading the way with highly
efficient, environmentally friendlier products, and that is reflected in their
choice of Honeywell Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent for their new line of
refrigerators," said Andreas Kramvis, president and chief executive officer of
Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. "We are pleased to see
Whirlpool at the vanguard of the global effort to combat climate change while
retaining the high performance that consumers have come to expect from their
Next Generation Technology for Near Zero GWP Impact
Blowing agents such as Honeywell's Solstice LBA allow foam insulation to
expand and provide the majority of the foam's insulating properties.
Honeywell's Solstice® LBA has a GWP of 1, the same as carbon dioxide, and is
non-ozone-depleting. The foam blowing agent has been approved by the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is listed under the EPA's
Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP). Most recently, Solstice® LBA was a
key component in the roofing system applied to more than 500,000 square feet
of roof at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, Ohio. In
addition to Solstice LBA, Honeywell's family of Solstice-branded products
includes stationary and mobile refrigerants, gaseous blowing agents,
propellants, and solvents that help customers lower their carbon footprint
without sacrificing end-product performance.
[*Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Census Bureau]
Whirlpool Corporationis the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of
major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately$18 billionin 2012,
68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around
the world. The company marketsWhirlpool,Maytag,KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana,
Brastemp, Consul, Bauknechtand other major brand names to consumers in nearly
every country around the world. Additional information about the company can
be found athttp://www.whirlpoolcorp.com.
^i Based on comparisons of previously used blowing agents, Hydroflurocarbon
(HFC) 245fa with Global Warming Potential of 1020 and Honeywell Solstice
Liquid Blowing Agent, a Hydrofluoro-Olefin 1233zd(e) with Global Warming
Potential of 1.
^ii Based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Equivalency Calendar and company calculations of a total CO2 reduction.
SOURCE Whirlpool Corporation
Contact: Whirlpool Corporation, Media: 269/923-7405, Media@Whirlpool.com
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