Volume 90 Issue 1 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: January 2, 2012

Honeywell, DuPont Face European Probe

Antitrust: Arkema complaint leads to scrutiny of refrigerants market
Department: Business
Keywords: patents, refrigerants, global warming

Under prompting from French specialty chemical maker Arkema, the European Commission (EC), the administrative arm of the 27-nation European Union, has opened an antitrust proceeding to investigate whether an agreement between Honeywell and DuPont to develop and produce a next-generation auto refrigerant is anticompetitive.

The EC’s investigation escalates a dispute between Arkema and the U.S. partners over the patent rights to hydrofluoroolefin (HFO)-1234yf, a refrigerant recently . . .

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