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Honeywell Refrigerant Receives Broader Approval
By U.S. EPA as Replacement for Ozone-Depleting Substances

Tuesday June 28, 8:30 am ET

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Genetron® R-245fa as a replacement for a variety of ozone-depleting refrigerants used in air conditioning and refrigeration for both new and retrofit applications.

The notification is part of the EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy, or SNAP, which reviews and approves products used to replace ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) and hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) chemicals.

Until recently, R-245fa, a non-ozone-depleting hydrofluorocarbon (HFC), was only SNAP-approved for use in new low-pressure centrifugal chillers in the United States. The new approval means R-245fa can be used in a much broader range of new air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, as well as to retrofit existing equipment currently using CFC and HCFC refrigerants so that owners can comply with the phaseout of ozone-depleting substances. The product has been used successfully for a variety of applications outside the United States.

"We are committed to providing equipment manufacturers and service companies viable alternatives as the phaseout of ozone-depleting substances continues worldwide," said Jeremy Steinfink, Honeywell's Global Business Director for fluorocarbons. "This approval again demonstrates our position as a global leader in environmentally friendlier HFC technology and the development and production of high-performance refrigerants."

Only 58 percent of the 80,000 CFC chillers in use at the end of 1995 in the United States had been replaced or converted as of January 1, 2005, according to a recent survey of chiller manufacturers by an industry trade group.

The EPA SNAP approval specifies that R-245fa, a non-flammable, low-pressure refrigerant, can replace R-123 in existing low-pressure centrifugal chillers. It also can be used to replace CFC-11, CFC-113, CFC-114, HCFC-123 and HCFC-141b in new and existing non-mechanical and secondary cooling systems, very low temperature refrigeration, and industrial process air conditioning and refrigeration.

R-245fa is one of a family of refrigerants developed and patented by Honeywell to meet the challenge of replacing ozone-depleting substances, such as CFC refrigerant. To meet demand, Honeywell has increased its HFC chemical manufacturing capacity in the U.S. by investing more than $200 million during the past five years. The company last year opened a refrigerant manufacturing plant in Qingpu, Shanghai, China to serve growing demand for refrigerants in Asia. Honeywell manufactures R-245fa at its Geismar, La. facility.

In addition to R-245fa, Honeywell invented and patented refrigerant R-410A. Marketed by Honeywell under the trade name Genetron® AZ-20®, this technological innovation has since become the globally accepted standard for use in new residential and light-commercial air conditioning systems in Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Honeywell International is a $26 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit .

Honeywell Specialty Materials, based in Morristown, N.J., is a global leader in providing customers with high-performance specialty materials, including fluorocarbons, specialty films and additives, advanced fibers and composites, customized research chemicals, and electronic materials and chemicals.

This release contains forward-looking statements as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about future business operations, financial performance and market conditions. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties inherent in business forecasts as further described in our filings under the Securities Exchange Act.

Source: Honeywell Specialty Materials

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