Honeywell has announced that it has entered an agreement with the Chemicals Division of Daikin to distribute its R448A (Solstice N40 HFO) in Japan to meet increasing demand for lower GWP refrigerants in the region. Daikin will sell the product under the Creard brand.

The manufacturer noted that Solstice N40 is the supermarket industry’s most widely-accepted, lowest-GWP, non-flammable replacement for legacy HFCs such as R404A and R22, globally’.

Masahiro Nitta, Senior Manager of Refrigerants, Daikin, said: “At Daikin, our commitment is to provide our customers products that best fits their needs. This led us to identify R448A from Honeywell as the widest accepted replacement for R404A and R22 in refrigerated food retail applications. R448A is a product that complements Creard R407H in our product range and allows our customers to comply with existing and proposed requirements of the Japanese market, while benefiting the environment and economy.”

Honeywell added that strict GWP reduction targets set for the Japanese food retail industry have prompted retailers to seek practical solutions like Solstice N40, ’for its ease of use and proven energy savings’. In Japan, the HFC phasedown will mainly impact refrigerated condensing units and must be established by 2025. n