Arkema K.K. and Central Glass Co. Ltd. launch distribution agreement for Forane® 1233zd foam blowing agents and heat transfer products in Japan

- Press release

Arkema K.K. (Japan) and Japan’s Central Glass Co. Ltd. are proud to announce an agreement for exclusive distribution of Arkema’s Forane® 1233zd foam blowing agent and heat transfer products in Japan.


Forane® 1233zd is a highly-effective hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) for use in polyurethane foams and other foams as well for use as a heat transfer fluid in centrifugal chiller applications. It is non-ozone depleting, non-flammable, and has an ultra-low Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1.

The primary goal of the distributor relationship is to utilize Central Glass’ proven infrastructure and broad presence in the Japanese market to more effectively market Arkema’s Forane® 1233zd to a diverse and growing customer base. Commercial quantities and inventories are currently available.


Central Glass Co., Ltd.

Central Glass, formerly called Ube Soda Industry Co., Ltd., was established in 1936 in Ube City in Yamaguchi. With soda production as its base, the company expanded into the fertilizer business and later, in 1958, launched its glass business. The company changed its name to Central Glass Co., Ltd. in 1963. Today, Central Glass has expanded into a wide range of fields, including architectural glass, automotive glass, glass for electronic materials, chemicals, fertilizers, fine chemicals and glass fibers, and continually strives to respond to the diversified needs of society. The Company has 39 subsidiaries and 16 associated companies (as of March 31, 2018). Central Glass will contribute to the establishment of a truly prosperous society through the spirit of “Monozukuri”.

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*Monozukuri refers to all the business activities in which the Central Glass Group engages with a basic stance of integrity and sincerity, including R&D, quality oriented manufacturing, and sales.


Forane® is a registered trademark of Arkema.




Zhihui Miao, Ph.D.
Koichi Yamamoto
Central Glass Co., Ltd.