Honeywell is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Honeywell’s operations in Malaysia started in 1985 and today it employs over 1,450 employees in six cities across Malaysia including Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Penang, Kemaman and Johor Bahru. Honeywell’s technologies and solutions have been supporting Malaysia in its development of a safer, more secure and energy efficient society.
Today, three of Honeywell’s business groups are operating in Malaysia.
Honeywell Aerospace operates out of a 220,000-square-foot facility in Penang that officially opened in January 2009. The Penang facility produces integrated avionics systems for commercial, business and general aviation and military aircraft.
Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions offers a complete portfolio of innovative products, solutions and systems to create safer, more comfortable, more secure, more productive and more energy efficient environments at home and at work. In Selangor, Honeywell has a manufacturing facility for electrical devices and systems.
In terms of oil and gas, Honeywell provides engineering, design and fabrication of process plants and equipment for gas processing and hydrogen industries in Malaysia. Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT) manufactures membranes, which remove impurities from natural gas, at our facility in Penang for distribution to customers worldwide. PMT also provides refrigerants for air conditioning and refrigeration applications, as well as caprolactam for textile yarn production.
“Malaysia has been identified as one of Honeywell’s high growth markets for its strategic position in the global and ASEAN trade system,” says Jim Bujold, president of Honeywell Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines). “Since we started operating in this country, we have received strong assistance from its government for our growth.” There are two examples in particular:
MIDA has played a very instrumental role in the timely start-up and operations of Honeywell’s UOP Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Honeywell Aerospace Avionics Penang. MIDA has granted the Special Incentive Program to these entities of Honeywell since their establishment, which includes favorable tax policies, R&D fund and talent development grants. MIDA’s proactive approach to understand the needs of the business and offering assistance where required is commendable.
Today, Honeywell’s UOP Malaysia employs more than 120 people in two locations, Penang and Kuala Lumpur. It serves as a global centre of excellence providing engineering design services, engineered systems and equipment for export to customers worldwide. And our Aerospace Penang facility has 768 employees and more than 88 percent of our leadership team are local hires. The Malaysian government’s strong support and contributions from local skilled talents have been a key to our success.