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ELF ATOCHEM BEGINS COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION OF 143a AND INTRODUCES A NEW BLEND TO ITS RANGE OF 502 SUBSTITUTES

 PHILADELPHIA, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Elf Atochem North America, Inc., the leading world producer of the 140-series CFC alternatives, today announced start-up of its new HFC Forane(R) 143a refrigerant unit at Calvert City, Ky.
 The Philadelphia-based company also announced the addition of a new refrigerant blend, Forane(R) FX 70, to its line of CFC alternatives. Both actions come as a result of increasing customer acceptance of these products and a need for alternatives.
 Demand for these products will develop quickly as R-502 availability is affected by the CFC phaseout schedule. The Montreal Protocol requires that production of CFCs be limited to 25 percent of 1986 levels in 1994 and 1995, and eliminated completely as of Jan. 1, 1996. In Europe, current regulations require an even earlier phaseout of CFCs as of Jan. 1, 1995.
 In addition, Elf Atochem has further plans to expand its HFC production. According to Jerry Dziedzic, general manager, Fluorochemicals, "HFC 125 production at our Pierre Benite, France plant will begin later this year. Also at the Pierre Benite plant, production of HFC 32 is planned for 1994." Together with the new HFC 143a unit at Calvert City, these products will enable Elf Atochem to produce the full range of blends being developed as R-502 and R-22 alternatives.
 Elf Atochem continues to work with OEMs on HCFC and HFC based blends for use in new and existing equipment. To date Elf Atochem has reached these milestones:
 November 1991 -- Announcement of immediate availability of HCFC 141b at Calvert City and Pierre Benite.
 March 1992 -- Opens new 141b/142b plant at Calvert City.
 April 1992 -- Announcement to build a 134a plant at Calvert City.
 July 1992 -- Start up of "Rollover Refrigerant Reclamation Program."
 July 1992 -- Completion of Forane(R) 134a plant in Pierre Benite.
 October 1992 -- Completion of 141b/142b expansion at Calvert City.
 October 1992 -- Completion of 141b/142b plant in Pierre Benite.
 January 1993 -- Announcement to construct a 143a facility at Calvert City.
 Elf Atochem North America, Inc., a $1.7 billion diversified chemicals manufacturer headquartered in Philadelphia, is an affiliate of Elf Atochem S.A., a $10 billion chemicals manufacturer, which is part of the Elf Group, headquartered in Paris.
 Members of the public may call Elf Atochem North America customer service, 800-245-5858.
 PRODUCT INFORMATION -- FORANE(R) FX SERIES OF ALTERNATIVE BLENDS
 Forane FX 10 -- An HCFC-based blend containing 22/143a which can be used for retrofitting existing R-502 equipment.
 Forane FX 40 -- An HFC-based blend containing 32/125/143a which has been developed for new refrigerant equipment.
 Forane FX 70 -- An alternative refrigerant blend 4/27/93
 /CONTACT: Debra A. Moore of Elf Atochem, 215-587-7286/
 (ELF)


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