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Forane® FBA 1233zd foam blowing agent

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Product overview

Forane® FBA 1233zd is a high performance, low global warming potential (GWP) liquid blowing agent that is SNAP approved for most polyurethane (PU) applications, including residential appliance, commercial refrigeration, construction panels and doors, as well as spray foam. Forane® FBA 1233zd is non-flammable, liquid blowing agent.

Geographic availability
  • Europe
  • Oceania
  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Middle East
Technical Data

Chemical name : trans-1-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoropropene ,
Common name : 1233zd
Trademark : Forane®

A low-GWP blowing agent for foams

The main advantages of Forane® FBA 1233zd

Forane® FBA 1233zd is:

  • Environmentally-Friendly
    • It has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP)
    • An extra low Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1
  • Non-flammable
  • Non-toxic
  • Easy-to-use in liquid form
  • Compatible with most existing foam equipment

F-Gas regulation

Fluorinated blowing agents with a GWP (global warming impact) above 150 are currently being phased out in the European Union. Product with a GWP > 150 (such as 365mfc/227ea blends) will be banned in

  • XPS foam applications starting January 1st, 2020
  • all foam application starting January 1st, 2023

Forane® FBA 1233zd with its ultra-low GWP of 1 is compliant with these regulatory requirements.

Replacement for 365mfc/227ea

Forane® FBA 1233zd was specifically designed to replace 365mfc/227ea in foam formulations.

Forane® FBA 1233zd and CSR (corporate social responsibility)

Forane® FBA 1233zd is an ultra-low GWP foam blowing agent that helps Arkema and other companies achieve their corporate social responsibility goals through sustainability.  The American Chemistry Council through the Center for Polyurethane highlight how Forane® FBA 1233zd helps reach the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  Learn more by reading this article

Are you building or renovating a commercial space? The Building Envelope Campaign, sponsored by the DOE (Department of Energy) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, can help you design more energy-efficient buildings! HFO foam blowing agents, like Forane® 1233zd, provide low GWP, high R-value solutions for insulation applications.  Learn more about the campaign!  

Applications and markets

Panels and cold chain applications

Forane® FBA 1233zd blowing agent is ideally suited as a foam blowing agent for continuous and discontinuous metal panels and various cold chain applications.  The very low vapor thermal conductivity of Forane® FBA 1233zd blowing agent allows for improved insulation values, particularly important for low temperature applications.  With a low GWP value of 1 and VOC exempt status, Forane® FBA 1233zd blowing agent results in a very low environmental impact.  Forane® FBA 1233zd blowing agent is non flammable and can be easily incorporated into B-side blends using existing polyurethane equipment and raw materials.

Spray polyurethane foam

Forane® FBA 1233zd blowing agent is ideally suited as a foam blowing agent for closed celled polyurethane foam. The very low vapor thermal conductivity of Forane® FBA 1233zd blowing agent allows for improved insulation values, while the low GWP value of 1 and VOC exempt status provides for a very low environmental impact.  Forane® FBA 1233zd blowing agent is non-flammable, can be easily incorporated into B-side blends using existing polyurethane equipment and raw materials while imparting low vapor pressure.

Appliance insulation

Forane® FBA 1233zd blowing agent is ideally suited as a foam blowing agent for residential refrigerator freezer applications to meet ever increasing energy efficiency demands and standards. The very low vapor thermal conductivity of Forane® FBA 1233zd blowing agent allows for improved insulation values, particularly when measured at critically important low temperatures. With a low GWP value of 1 and VOC exempt status, Forane® FBA 1233zd blowing agent results in a very low environmental impact.  Forane® FBA 1233zd blowing agent is non flammable and can be easily processed using existing polyurethane equipment and raw materials.

Integral skin

Forane® FBA1233zd blowing agent can also be used to produce integral skins foams. The boiling point and solubility of Forane® FBA 1233zd make it a great candidate for creating the abrasion resistant skin needed in office chairs, hospital beds, sports equipment, automotive and other integral skin applications.  Forane® FBA 1233zd blowing agent has a very low GWP value of 1 and VOC exempt status.  Forane® FBA 1233zd blowing agent is nonflammable and can be easily processed using existing polyurethane equipment.

Presentation of Forane® FBA 1233zd at PU Tech Asia 2017

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