• 10 March 2023
  • Author: © Fire-TechInfo I News and Events

3M will discontinue manufacturing of Novec™ 1230

3M will discontinue manufacturing all fluoropolymers, fluorinated fluids, and PFAS-based additive products by the end of 2025


3M announced it will exit per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) manufacturing and work to discontinue the use of PFAS across its product portfolio by the end of 2025.


3M Center. Source: © 3M
3M Center. Source: © 3M

3M’s decision is based on careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of the evolving external landscape, including multiple factors such as accelerating regulatory trends focused on reducing or eliminating the presence of PFAS in the environment and changing stakeholder expectations.

“This is a moment that demands the kind of innovation 3M is known for,” said 3M chairman and chief executive officer Mike Roman. “While PFAS can be safely made and used, we also see an opportunity to lead in a rapidly evolving external regulatory and business landscape to make the greatest impact for those we serve. This action is another example of how we are positioning 3M for continued sustainable growth by optimizing our portfolio, innovating for our customers, and delivering long-term value for our shareholders.”

3M will help facilitate an orderly transition for customers. The company intends to fulfill current contractual obligations during the transition period.


What does 3M’s decision mean for the fire protection industry?

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is part of 3M’s portfolio of products containing PFAS. According to experts, the withdrawal from production of the widely used in recent years clean agent 3M Novec™ 1230 (FК-5-1-12) will significantly change the methods of fire protection, especially in data centers, where FК-5-1-12 was seen as the most appropriate solution. 3M’s decision opens up an opportunity for firefighting industry players to quickly adopt the new fully eco-friendly water mist technology as an alternative that not only carries no risk of bans or other regulatory restrictions in the future, but also offers exceptional efficiency and safety combined with minimum resources, time, energy and effort.


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