An 80-year India legacy
Honeywell’s presence in India can be traced back to the early 1930s, when UOP (then Universal Oil Products) licensed the Dubbs thermal cracking process to UK's Burmah Oil Company (BOC) to produce gasoline at the Digboi refinery in the northeastern state of Assam. Since then UOP technologies have played a significant role in the growth of the Indian refining and petrochemical industry. Today, Reliance Industries Ltd and Indian Oil are amongst UOP’s largest global customers, and UOP is a leading supplier and licensor of processing technologies, catalysts, adsorbents, equipments and technical services for India’s refining and petrochemicals industries.
Aerospace, Automation and Control Solutions arrive
Honeywell's Aerospace and Defense business arrived in India in the early 1970s, with a strategic partnership between Honeywell and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), under India's Ministry of Defence. Honeywell licensed production of its TPE331 engines to HAL, which are supplied to the Indian armed services, including the National Coast Guard, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force. Since then, Honeywell technologies have been critical to HAL's indigenous programs, including the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, and the Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT).
In March 1987, Honeywell entered into a technical collaboration agreement with the Tatas, giving the Indian conglomerate exclusive rights and license to manufacture the TCD-3000 process control and management systems in India. The following year, the company made its IPO and was listed on the Indian bourses as Tata Honeywell Limited. In 2005, the company was renamed Honeywell Automation India Limited (HAIL). In its 25+ years of existence, HAIL has serviced the needs of some of the country's largest industries in the refinery, petrochemicals, steel, power and pharmaceutical sectors.
First global technology development center set up
The history of Honeywell Technology Solutions (HTS) epitomizes the story of how a small offshore development center, started in October 1994, has gone on to become a center of excellence today with a global presence and expertise ranging across technologies.
Originally called HISO for Honeywell India Software Operations, the founding group comprised around half a dozen people. By early 1996-97, HTS started consolidating its base by building dedicated teams for its expanding portfolio. In the next six to seven years, HTS established itself as a global center of excellence in core engineering areas and continued to support the development of Honeywell's Aerospace and Automation and Control Solutions businesses.
Since then, HTS has steadily climbed the value chain and its growth has been exponential, eventful and strewn with challenges. Today, HTS' capability in delivering quality solutions is unquestionable. It has evolved from being an offshore development center to providing total solutions for its customers. Today HTS is housed in multiple locations in Madurai and Hyderabad in India, Shanghai and Beijing in China, and Brno in the Czech Republic. HTS also has teams also based in Phoenix and Minneapolis in the USA, and in Russia.
Honeywell Transportation Systems established its first plant in India in 2005, with the commissioning of the turbo manufacturing unit at Pune, Maharashtra. It is the youngest, yet fastest growing entrant in India's turbocharger industry, serving the domestic market and exporting to Southeast Asia and Europe.
In 2005, Honeywell also increased its presence in India through its global acquisition of NOVAR, the first company to introduce modular electric switches in India through its 'MK' brand. Now part of Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions business, it has manufacturing plants in Chennai in southern India and in Hopetown, Dehradun, in northern India.
India adds fifth technology development center
In February 2012, Performance Materials and Technologies inaugurated the Honeywell India Technology Center, adding India's fifth and UOP's only technology development center outside of the US. Built with an investment of US$ 34 million, the center is dedicated to accelerating new technologies for the refining and petrochemicals, pharmaceutical and refrigeration industries.