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Honeywell announced on April 4 that three Chinese air-conditioner manufacturers have met the criteria of its R-410A Certified Vendor Program (CVP). Honeywell created the CVP specifically for Chinese air-conditioner manufacturers who use R-410A refrigerant purchased from licensed suppliers.
Haier, Changhong, and Midea all received a certification letter today following an independent audit, according to Honeywell. Hisense and New Widetech are currently participating in Honeywell’s CVP. The announcement was made at the18th Annual China Refrigeration Show, held April 4-6, 2007, in Guangzhou, China.
Under the program, all participating companies agree to be periodically audited by third parties to ensure that they are using only R-410A refrigerant purchased from licensed suppliers. Honeywell has retained the SGS Group to conduct audits according to a strict protocol. Companies receive a certification letter from SGS Group on the basis of the audit results.
“Our Certified Vendor Program further enables our customers and our customer’s customers to achieve peace-of-mind knowing they are using our patented energy-efficient HFC technologies.” said David Lu, Asia commercial director for Honeywell’s Fluorine Products business. “This program supports Honeywell’s continued effort to combat patent infringement worldwide.”
As part of the program, Honeywell will identify certified Chinese air-conditioner manufacturers for key buyers in Europe. Those certified companies also can gain other strategic benefits and advantages such as co-marketing opportunities with Honeywell brands in global markets.  
China is the largest air-conditioner manufacturer in the world. In 2006, the air-conditioner production volume in China was 55 million units, which represents approximately 70 percent of the worldwide production volume, according to China Commercial Management (CCM) report.  
Intellectual property protection has received additional visibility during the past few years and has attracted the attention and joint efforts from the local industry. In January 2007, six parties from the U.S. and China refrigeration and air-conditioning industries signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote intellectual property protection through international collaboration. Those six parties were: China Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Association (CRAA), China Air-conditioning Research (CAR), Beijing International Exhibition Center (BIEC), Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) , The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and International Exhibition Center (IEC).
Honeywell and DuPont are the patent holders for R-410A refrigerant in Europe and China, respectively. Honeywell will continue to investigate and take appropriate action to protect its intellectual property rights worldwide.
The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognised as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 48’000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1’000 offices and laboratories around the world.