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Honeywell UOP opens research centre in China

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Honeywell UOP has opened a new research, development and engineering centre in China to further strengthen its business presence and meet its growing engineering and technical service needs.

The new centre will be located in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province. It will facilitate local development and manufacturing of products for customers in China and improve collaboration with China-based contractors and equipment vendors.

Rebecca Liebert, President and CEO of Honeywell UOP, said: “The centre demonstrates our commitment to supporting rapid business growth in China […] It’s also another milestone in expanding Honeywell UOP’s global footprint to better serve our customers where they operate.”

During the first stage of the project, running through 2020, Honeywell UOP will build a 2500 m2 office space employing 150 people.

Henry Liu, General Manager of Honeywell UOP China, said: “Once completed, the centre will support Honeywell UOP’s technology delivery and after-sales throughout the product lifecycle, from technical proposal, design and supply, to project commissioning, after-startup technical support and revamps […] In fact, we’re already working with Chinese partners to develop new process technologies for Chinese refiners and petrochemical companies — and for customers outside of China.”

Honeywell UOP previously announced the investment of two production lines in its manufacturing facility, also in Zhangjiagang, to produce state-of-the-art catalysts used to make components for plastics production and for refined products.

The first line went into production in 2015, producing catalysts that are used in Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex™ process, which converts propane into propylene, and in continuous catalyst regeneration (CCR) Platforming™ process, which is used to produce high-octane gasoline. The second line will enter production later this year, making catalysts used in Honeywell UOP’s Advanced Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) process technology, which converts methanol from coal into materials for making plastics.

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