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The role of fluorocarbons in our society goes well beyond their contribution to global economies from a manufacturing and employment perspective. The basic fluorocarbon products, including hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and other mixed halocarbons that contain fluorine, are sold into a variety of industrial markets and incorporated into many products that provide a tremendous value to society.

As societies have evolved over the past century, various fluorocarbons have enhanced their quality of life in food-preserving refrigeration, air conditioning and insulation systems, as well as in aerosols, medical products (meter dose inhalers) and other applications. Many societies depend on air conditioning for workplace productivity, manufacturing activities and quality of life. The specific fluids chosen were based on their unique chemistry, thermal properties and viability in application. New fluorocarbons in the thermal insulation sector have been developed and deemed to have improved insulating properties, while decreasing the footprint of insulation itself, further enhancing the quality of life while also minimizing environmental and safety impacts.

Although refrigeration, air conditioning, and thermal insulation are by far the largest markets, other critical applications continue to benefit from the use of fluorocarbons, including fire protection and solvents. Fluorocarbons provide unique chemical properties in these markets to yield superior results in specialty applications.



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