INDIA: Honeywell has opened a new state-of-the-art refrigerant laboratory in India to support local oems in transitioning to lower GWP refrigerants.

Honeywell says that the new lab at its existing technology centre in Gurgaon, Haryana, will help its local and regional OEM partners in designing, incubating and testing new refrigerants. It is fully equipped with equipment to evaluate air conditioning and refrigeration technologies and, amongst other capabilities, includes climatic chambers to simulate a full spectrum of global temperatures. 

The new laboratory at the Honeywell India Technology Centre (HITC) was unveiled by Robert Kemp, deputy minister counsellor, economic, environment, science, and technology at the United States Embassy.

“Honeywell is committed to providing next-generation solutions that are available today as an option to support the Indian government on transitioning from HFCs to environmentally preferable materials,” said Julien Soulet, managing director for Honeywell Fluorine Products in Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. “With the launch of this laboratory at HITC, we look forward to working hand-in-hand with our Indian partners to design near drop-in refrigeration solutions that help them meet their environmental commitments.”

“Honeywell’s new state-of-the-art refrigerant lab is designed to support our local customers and partners in India as they work to transition to next-generation materials,” said Rajiv Banavali, vice president and chief technology officer, Honeywell, Advanced Materials. “First mover customers in the region will benefit from the development of an industry based on environmentally preferable LGWP refrigerants that is aligned with the Government of India’s vision of Make in India.”