Honeywell has a four-year agreement to support Samsung in the continued conversion of its air conditioning equipment to Genetron AZ-20.

The Fluorine Products business of Honeywell has finalized a four-year agreement to support Samsung Electronics in the continued conversion of its air conditioning equipment to Genetron¿ AZ-20¿, Honeywell's patented replacement for HCFC-22 in new air conditioners.

In addition to supplying refrigerant for charging and servicing equipment, Honeywell will provide support in system research and development, manufacturing plant conversion, and service-technician training.

"Honeywell's R&D support will be an important element of our continued product development efforts, and we expect to save development and commercialization time as a result of their experience, " said SooChul Shim, director of research and development for air conditioning products at Samsung's plant in Suwon, Korea.

According to Rich Preziotti, Honeywell vice president and general manager of fluorine products, "The global phase-out of ozone-depleting refrigerants is continuing at an accelerated pace, and Honeywell is at the forefront of this trend by both developing new refrigerants solutions, and by investing in new manufacturing capacity to meet the needs of consumers and businesses."

James W. Bova, Asia commercial director for fluorine products, added, "Asia is both a growing market unto itself, and is a major source of air conditioning equipment for export to Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of the world.

"We're very excited that Samsung Electronics has selected AZ-20 as their refrigerant, and we are looking forward to working with them to help increase awareness of the environmental and technical benefits of this product."

Honeywell, then known as AlliedSignal, developed and patented its AZ-20 refrigerant as a long-term alternative to R-22 in the late 1980s, and the chemical was later assigned the generic name R-410A by ASHRAE.

A non-ozone-depleting refrigerant, R-410A offers thermodynamic properties that allow it to be more energy efficient than most other replacement refrigerants.

Samsung Electronics is one of the largest manufacturers of room air conditioners in the world with facilities in Korea and China, and is among the world's leading brands of electronics and appliances worldwide.