Samsung SDI and Honeywell have signed a memorandum of understanding for a strategic collaboration on the development and promotion of SDI’s new refrigerator liner material, designed to be compatible with foam insulation made with Honeywell’s new low-global-warming-potential insulating material. “The material Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent – explained Honeywell in a official note – is the critical ingredient in closed-cell insulation, used to create energy efficient appliances such as refrigerators and freezers. In addition to being a highly efficient insulator, the blowing agent has an ultra-low global-warming-potential (GWP) of 1, which is 99.9 percent lower than traditional blowing agents and equal to carbon dioxide”. Under terms of the agreement, South Korea-based SDI and Honeywell will work cooperatively to further commercialize SDI’s Starex EU-0191 refrigerator liner material with appliance OEMs around the world. “Starex – said Honeywell – is the first commercial acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) refrigerator liner material compatible with Solstice LBA”. “As refrigerator OEMs in Asia and elsewhere prepare to adopt foam insulation made with low GWP blowing agents such as Solstice LBA, it became important to develop an ABS liner material that is fully compatible with this new low global warming technology”, said William Shin, general manager at Samsung SDI.