DuPont and Honeywell face antitrust scrutiny over HFO car refrigerant

By Laura Syrett
Published: Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The two US firms’ joint venture to develop manufacture the fluorspar-derived hydrofluoroolefin refrigerant R1234yf, which is the only car coolant compliant with an EU emissions directive for new vehicles, may have limited the chemical’s availability on the market and could see DuPont and Honeywell fined 10% of turnover.

US chemicals giant DuPont and technology firm Honeywell International Inc. have been told by the European Commission (EC) that their joint venture to manufacture a fluorine-based refrigerant for cars may be anti-competitive under European Union (EU) law.

The case centres on the two companies’ decision to join forces in 2010...

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