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Honeywell Opens New Electronic Materials
Manufacturing Facility in Arizona

Thursday February 3, 8:33 am ET

State-of-the-art plant to increase capability for the production of customized chemicals for advanced semiconductors

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Honeywell announced today that its Electronic Materials business has opened a new, 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Chandler, Ariz., boosting Honeywell's capabilities to supply both straight and advanced, customized electronic chemicals for the semiconductor industry.

The state-of-the-art facility significantly increases Honeywell's production capacity in Chandler for electronic chemicals, which are used by a broad range of manufacturers to build integrated circuits.

"This is another example of investment in our core growth platforms that have been key to our impressive growth over the past three years," said Nance Dicciani, president and CEO of Honeywell Specialty Materials. Dicciani noted that, in the past year, Specialty Materials has opened a new technology center in Shanghai, broken ground on a new refrigerant manufacturing plant in China and announced an expansion of production capacity for Spectra fiber used in bullet-resistant vests.

With the opening of the Chandler facility, Honeywell now has three of the newest electronic materials facilities in the United States. The other two are Honeywell facilities in Bryan and Mansfield, Texas.

The new Chandler facility increases Honeywell's capability to manufacture application specific wet-etch and cleaning chemistries. These chemicals are customized to perform specific operations such as cleaning, which removes organic, metal and particle contaminants during semiconductor manufacturing while leaving other critical materials untouched.

Other new products include wafer-thinning materials that thin the wafer substrate on which chips are built, helping to better dissipate the massive heat produced by today's high-powered semiconductors.

One of Honeywell's strengths is high-purity and ultra-high-purity chemical production that is critical to high-end semiconductor manufacturing processes. Honeywell's technology is capable of producing chemicals into the part per trillion (PPT) purity level.

The opening of the new facility follows Honeywell's acquisition in November 2004 of Mitsubishi's 40 percent stake in GEM Microelectronic Materials, which gave Honeywell sole ownership of the venture, which supplies electronic chemicals. Construction of the Chandler facility had been started as part of the joint venture. Also in 2004, Electronic Materials acquired a product line and manufacturing facility in Thailand that expanded Honeywell's capabilities in chip packaging, specifically in the area of thermal management.

Honeywell's Electronic Materials business supplies chemicals and materials to the semiconductor industry for chip production, as well as materials and technology needed to integrate chips into computers. Honeywell's offerings can be found on the technology roadmaps of most of the top manufacturers in the semiconductor industry.

Honeywell International is a $26 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit http://www.honeywell.com.

Honeywell Specialty Materials, based in Morristown, N.J., is a global leader in providing customers with high-performance specialty materials, including fluorocarbons, specialty films and additives, advanced fibers and composites, customized research chemicals, and electronic materials and chemicals.

This release contains forward-looking statements as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about future business operations, financial performance and market conditions. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties inherent in business forecasts as further described in our filings under the Securities Exchange Act.

Source: Honeywell Specialty Materials

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