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The 2015 Season is Almost Here…

The 2015 Season is Almost Here…

Well folks we’re already mid way into April and summer will be here before you know it. It’s always difficult to predict what the summer will bring. Will it be crazy hot this year, or mild like it was in 2014? How volatile will prices be?

The news on the refrigerant front has actually been pretty quiet so far this year. There have been no new bans or phase outs, although the United States EPA is pushing for voluntary phase out of HFC refrigerants such as R-134a, R-410A, and R-404A. These measures are strictly voluntary at this point in time so I do not foresee it affecting pricing this year. It could have a big impact in 2016 pricing though, so who knows!

HFO refrigerants, primarily 1234YF, will begin showing up more and more in newer vehicles. It’s already mainstream in the European Union and US auto manufacturers have begun using it on their vehicles as well. (Chrysler and GM to name a few.) It seems that HFOs and Natural Refrigerants are battling it out for the top prize. What will be standard in the future? HFOs or Naturals?

The only other major thing that I know of that is going on in the industry is the MexiChem lawsuit against Chinese imported R134a cylinders. MexiChem filed a lawsuit at the end of 2013 with the International Trade Commission stating that the imported Chinese product was being brought in at unfair prices and it was making difficult for United States manufacturers to compete. Well, they lost this lawsuit in a ruling by the trade commission made in late 2014. In January of 2015 MexiChem appealed the decision and another decision on the lawsuit is expected towards the end of 2015. Long story short, I do not see this having an impact on 2015 pricing. Depending on the ruling it could have a large impact in 2016, so we will see.

Other than that I wish everybody a HOT season with lots of customers! As always if you need any refrigerants such as R22, R404A, R410A, R134a; any tools such as leak detectors or refrigerant scales, or even refrigerant racks visit our store to browse our available products.

Thanks again for visiting,

Alec Johnson


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