Honeywell, Loba Chemie sign agreement to distribute lab chemicals in India

JUNE 9, 2008 — /PRNewswire/ — NEW DELHI, INDIA — Honeywell announced today a multi-year distribution agreement with Loba Chemie, a global supplier of chemicals, laboratory supplies, and equipment, under which Loba Chemie will distribute Honeywell’s high-purity solvents to India’s growing pharmaceutical sector.

Marketed and sold under the Burdick & Jackson(R) brand name, Honeywell’s high-purity solvents are critical to the successful research, development, and approval cycle of pharmaceuticals. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“India is an important market for us as the pharmaceutical industry continues to experience tremendous growth,” says Robert Tupker, commercial director for Honeywell’s Specialty Chemicals business in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India. “This agreement will further help position us as a leader in providing a wide range of high-purity solvents for pharmaceutical companies worldwide.”

Vic Shah, director of international sales for Loba Chemie, says both companies aim to reach a new standard of success in the high-quality chemicals market in India. “We believe there are a lot of untapped opportunities to be explored, especially in the booming pharmaceutical industry,” says Shah.

The annual growth rate of India’s pharmaceutical market is estimated to be 8 to 9 percent, according to various industry reports.

Major applications for Honeywell’s solvents include analytical instrumental analysis, such as high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), as well as pilot- and full-scale production of pharmaceuticals. Honeywell also offers reagents for DNA and RNA synthesis.

Honeywell manufactures its solvents at the company’s Muskegon, MI, and Seelze, Germany sites. Loba Chemie, based in Mumbai, has more than 350 distributors throughout India.

About Honeywell
Honeywell Specialty Materials, based in Morristown, NJ, is a $4.9 billion, global leader in providing customers with high-performance specialty materials, including fluorine products; specialty films and additives; advanced fibers and composites; intermediates; specialty chemicals; electronic materials and chemicals; and technologies and materials for petroleum refining. Honeywell International is a $37 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, NJ, Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges.

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