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Dometic will complete conversion of all air conditioning products to "Green Gas" in 2009

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Dometic, the international market leader in marine air conditioning, today announced that R22 will be completely phased out of its products in favor of 400-series “green-gas” refrigerants by the middle of next year.

The company is nearing the end of a multi-year program to re-engineer its products from R22 to alternative refrigerant compounds, in accordance with international agreements to phase out the use of ozone-depleting chemicals. After extensive research and testing, Dometic has selected R407C, R417A and R410A, which provide optimum thermodynamic performance for its range of air conditioning products. By midyear, all of Dometic’s remaining direct-expansion and chilled-water systems, sold worldwide under the Cruisair, Marine Air and Condaria brands, will be switched to one of these three environmentally safe refrigerants.

This will bring Dometic’s complete product line into compliance ahead of the 2010 deadline specified in the Montreal Protocol for phase out of R22 worldwide.

“During the last few years, we have gradually phased in the new refrigerants, working carefully with our customers to ensure a seamless and painless switchover with a minimum of disruption,” said Frank Marciano, president of Dometic Corporation, Environmental Division. “We have delivered 400-series green-gas products to our customers for many years based upon international regulations and customer requests. We will continue working with our distributors and dealers to ensure a smooth transition for our large existing installed base of products as supplies of R22 become increasingly less available and more expensive.”

“We went through a similar process in the 1990s, when we converted all of our refrigeration systems from R12 to R134A, R404A and R409A, and we applied those lessons to the current effort,” said Marciano.

“This is just one aspect of our company’s evolution to ‘go green,’” added Marciano. “We have a strong corporate commitment to minimize the environmental impact of our products and processes. All of our factories are EPA compliant with industry best practices in place for recycling and waste management.”

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