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Cordova Facility Increases Production of Novec 1230 Fluid

3M Electronics and Communications Business
September 12, 2011


HFC Market Disruption and Sustainability Demands Leads 3M to Increase Production.

In response to the recent manufacturing disruption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and increasing demand for sustainable fire suppression systems, 3M will increase output of 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid at their Cordova, Illinois facility. This will ensure availability of 3M Novec 1230 fluid amid the uncertainty surrounding the availability of HFCs and pending regulatory changes.

3M Novec 1230 fluid was developed as a replacement for ozone depleting substances, like HFCs, and is based on a sustainable technology that balances performance requirements with excellent environmental and worker safety properties. 3M Novec 1230 fluid has a minimal impact on the environment, with a zero ozone depletion potential, an atmospheric lifetime of five days and a global warming potential less than one. As a result, the fluid is safe for people and the environment.

3M has been able to respond to the increasing market demands by changing the product mix at their Cordova and Antwerp facilities to free up more time to manufacture Novec 1230 fluid.

The 3M Cordova facility is certified to the ISO 14001:2004 environmental management standard. The Cordova facility has been a consistent leader in 3Mís 3P program for pollution prevention programs.

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