Publication date: 12/25/2006
China’s impact on the U.S. economy made news in 2006. As its HVACR market continued to emerge, rising issues needed to be addressed. Refrigerant compliance and standards surfaced as primary targets for manufacturers. To combat inferior refrigerants, Honeywell began a certification program for Chinese air conditioner manufacturers that identified them as users of HFC-410A refrigerant purchased from licensed suppliers. As part of the certification, Honeywell began recommending certified Chinese equipment makers, such as Haier Group and Hisense Co. Ltd., to key buyers in Europe.