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EU Launches Antitrust Investigation of Honeywell and DuPont over Car Refrigerant

5:04 AM MST | December 20, 2011 | Ian Young

The European Commission says it has opened an antitrust investigation into agreements between Honeywell and DuPont for the development of a new refrigerant for air conditioning systems in cars. It is also investigating whether Honeywell "may hold and abuse a dominant position over the refrigerant ." The new refrigerant, hydrofluoroolefin (HFO)-1234yf, is intended for use in car air conditioning systems, and was jointly developed by Honeywell and DuPont as a replacement for the refrigerant hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-134a, which no longer meets European...

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