Honeywell has opened a new technology centre in India to develop and license process technologies in the petrochemicals and renewable fuels industries.
The facility in Gurgaon, India, features pilot plants for developing and demonstrating refining and petrochemical process technology by UOP, part of Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT) strategic business group.
The center will also perform other product and application development for PMT, including fluorine and nylon technologies. Honeywell invested $34 million in the 8,830-square-meter (95,000-square-foot) centre.
Rajeev Gautam, president and CEO of Honeywell´s UOP, said: “This new facility will allow Honeywell to put its vast resources to work in collaboration with some of the brightest engineering minds in India.”
“It brings the development of key technologies closer to our customers in the region and complements our other technology centers around the world.”
The Honeywell India Technology Center will primarily support Honeywell UOP’s work in developing and licensing process technologies used in refining and the production of petrochemicals and renewable fuels. UOP is a recognized leader in refining, petrochemical and biofuel process technology.
Additionally, the facility will support PMT’s efforts to develop new low-globalwarming refrigerants, blowing agents and other materials. Engineers at the technology center will also conduct research and customer-specific engineering work in caprolactam, a key material used in nylon production, and nylon resin.
Mark Turowicz, managing director of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies India, said: “This center adds to India’s growing strength as a global knowledge hub, allowing some of the best engineering minds to produce breakthrough technologies to be used in India and beyond.”
The center will initially employ 40 researchers, with the total expected to grow to 170 in the next five years. The new technology center is Honeywell’s fourth in India.