DuPont plans to purchase the Isceon hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant blends business from Rhodia, pending regulatory approvals. Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont and Paris-based Rhodia expect the transaction to be finalized some time in the third quarter if regulatory approvals are granted.

The Isceon range of refrigerants comprises non-ozone-depleting blends used as a replacement for ozone-depleting refrigerants in cold storage, process cooling, domestic refrigeration and air-conditioning.

“This transaction, marking a further step in the strategic refocusing of Rhodia Organics' Enterprise, forms part of the divestiture of non-strategic activities being undertaken by the Rhodia Group with a view to consolidating its business portfolio,” said Laurent Schmitt, president of the Rhodia Organics Enterprise.

Rhodia will continue to manufacture and sell refrigerant R-22 from its Avonmouth facility in the United Kingdom.

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