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Honeywell to install Experion at steel plant in Finland

KUOPIO, Finland, March 20, 2008 – Honeywell announced a $2 million contract to implement its Experion Process Knowledge System with a Process, Machine and Drives (PMD) Controller at a Tornio, Finland production plant operated by Outokumpu, a €6 billion international stainless steel company. The project, which is designed to boost manufacturing efficiency at the plant, strengthens Honeywell’s presence in serving the steel sector.

Targeted for completion in 2009, the project is aimed at boosting the efficiency of Outokumpu’s ferro chrome converter process – a key sub-process in the production of stainless steel. Experion will help automate a number of related processes including converter charging, cooling, management of exhaust gasses and blowing. Honeywell is using distributed Profibus fieldbuses in the installation of Experion, which should reduce cabling costs and enable support for the latest field devices. The contract includes basic and field planning from Honeywell, as well as configuration services.

“We selected Honeywell for this important project because it understands our business needs and has solutions that can enhance our company’s performance,” said Mauri Kauppi , general manager of steel melting shop and hot rolling mill, Outokumpu Stainless Oy. “We trust Honeywell to be our partner and value their comprehensive local service and support.”

“Our technology should deliver higher usability and better functionality to Outokumpu’s automation process – which ultimately should lead to a higher quality product,” said Timo Saarelainen, managing director, Honeywell Finland. “This is a significant contract for us in that it both extends our long-standing relationship with Outokumpu and also builds our credentials with customers in steel manufacturing.”

Honeywell International is a $36 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 and Chicago Stock Exchanges. 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.

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