Honeywell, the US HFO gas producer, has announced plans to expand the Baton Rouge production facility for HFC-1234ze.

The facility which produces low-global-warming material used in insulation and aerosols will benefit from $33m investment. Afterwards, Honeywell will be equipped to produce HFO-1234ze on a commercial scale at the plant.

Production of the low global warming potential (GWP) blowing agent and propellant is scheduled to begin in late 2013.

HFO-1234ze has a GWP of 6, this compares with HFC-134a, which has a GWP of 1430 and HFC-152a with a GWP of 124.