Arkema announces plans to develop supply of fluorinated specialty solution

Arkema has announced the finalization of an agreement with Chinese producer Aofan to manufacture 1233zd in China. At the same time, Arkema will accelerate its detailed planning of additional capacity at its Calvert City site in the United States.

Both projects will support increasing market needs for sustainable solutions in high efficiency insulation materials and in emerging applications such as batteries for electric vehicles, according to a corporate news release.

The 1233zd, which is part of the new generation of fluorospecialties with no or minimal emissive impact, optimizes performance and cost effectiveness in a variety of existing and new foam applications. When incorporated into insulating foam, this sustainable solution provides up to 20% thermal insulation gain compared to existing solutions, thereby reducing energy consumption of residential and commercial buildings.

As part of Arkema’s ongoing development of sustainable solutions, 1233zd opens new fields of applications in battery thermal management of electrical vehicles.

Aofan’s initial capacity of five kilotons (1,000 tons) per year is expected to be commissioned mid- 2022. The investment being planned for Calvert City will add 15 kilotons per year capacity for an estimated amount of $60 million and is expected to start in late 2023.