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Honeywell To Implement Manufacturing Execution System For Aluminium Bahrain

May 122004
Business to Process Control Solution for Aluminum Smelter Expansion Project

PHOENIX, May 12, 2004 - Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced it has received a multi-million dollar order from Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA) to provide a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for the company's Potline-5 expansion project. ALBA was impressed with Honeywell's message, which focused on ALBA business processes and people - and how Honeywell's integrated information technology could complement those two elements and unlock substantial economic benefits.

Honeywell focused on the customer need to solve "business problems" at their facilities (i.e. improve production efficiency, optimize business operations, track progress). Honeywell was recognized as understanding ALBA's business processes, or workflows, and demonstrating an objective of not just installing applications but optimizing these business processes.

"Honeywell turned out to be the best technology supplier able to meet our needs. The combination of Honeywell's state-of-the-art technology and Aluminium Smelter focused implementation team was the best solution to help ALBA achieve our future-state business systems vision. We firmly believe that this project will lead to productivity improvements at our site and help us realize our performance goals," said Peter Cowie, ALBA's General Manager Line 5 Operations.

ALBA is currently undergoing a plant expansion to increase production from 530,000 to 840,000 tonnes per annum with the construction of a new Potline-5. The MES will provide the new Potline with state-of-the-art information technology to streamline data handling and enhance decision-making processes across the supply chain for the five major business areas of the site: Casthouse, Reduction, Carbon, Power and Calciner.

Anton Rossouw, Project Manager of the MES implementation said "The integrated standard products offer Alba a lowest total cost of ownership when set against the classic solutions of the past. In addition, the ability of the Honeywell MES solution to fully integrate our production business processes and KPI management across the Process Control and SAP systems was also recognized."

ALBA joins a growing number of mining and metals customers that use Honeywell Business.FLEX* PKS* solutions to effectively manage their businesses. In order to provide a fully integrated and functional solution for ALBA, the project includes the implementation and integration of the Business.FLEX* PKS* solution suite to SAP.

"This is a key project win for Honeywell, representing another milestone in our chain of successes in the Metals, Minerals and Mining Sector," said Jerry Walker, Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell Process Solutions EMEA. "We see this as a rapidly developing and high investment sector and this project will reinforce Honeywell's reputation and leadership in delivering information technology solutions to the process industries."

To better serve ALBA, Honeywell has partnered with the AST Group of South Africa, who will provide domain expertise in aluminum smelting and consulting services for the SAP scope of the project. AST is the market leader for such services in South Africa and has worked with Honeywell in the past.

The project is expected to be completed in March 2005.

Honeywell International is a $23 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; specialty chemicals; fibers; and electronic and advanced 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 www.honeywell.com.

Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry. For more information about Process Solutions, access www.acs.honeywell.com.

AST's intellectual capacity, its business model and strong customer base form the foundation for the Group's integrated services solutions business. Ideally positioned as a leading technology solutions company and focused on selected industries, AST unlocks substantial value for its customers. The AST Group - an innovative ICT company in Southern Africa. For more information about AST, access www.ast.co.za.

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.

Business.FLEX* PKS*, and Uniformance® are registered trademarks of Honeywell International Inc. Workcenter PKS(tm) is a trademark of Honeywell International Inc.
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