The facility, which is located in the Lipetsk Special Economic Zone, will produce highly innovative technologies spanning industrial plant automation systems, identification and security solutions, fire and gas detection systems, and advanced worker safety systems.
The opening ceremony was attended by Igor Artamonov, Head of the Administration of the Lipetsk Region (acting), Ivan Koshelev, General Manager of SEZ Lipetsk, and senior figures from across Honeywell's customer and partner bases.
“We have been supporting Russian enterprises with technologies in the fields of automation, petrochemistry, security, productivity and energy efficiency for more than 40 years,” said Norm Gilsdorf, President of Honeywell in Russia Customs Union and the Middle East. “The opening of the new plant is the latest milestone in this history of localization and physical expansion in Russia. By developing technologies on the ground for our customers across this region, we can service market requirements faster and more accurately than ever before.”
The Lipetsk plant is the first greenfield project for Honeywell in Russia. It occupies an area of 5,600 m² and includes an assembly line, sewing production, laboratories for testing finished products and calibration, warehouses for raw materials and finished products, and office space.
Since 2018 production at the plant has been steadily ramping up, as new assembly lines have come online. These include:
• Distributed Control Systems (C300 and Marshalling Cabinets) and safety instrumented systems (Safety Manager)
• Personal fall protection equipment (lanyards and harnesses)
• Fixed and portable gas detection equipment
• Fire alarm systems, fire detectors, aspiration systems

Later in 2019 the factory will also start assembly of two-dimensional barcode scanners, printers and data collection terminals for product labeling. The production capacity of the plant is currently at 60 percent, with full output expected by 2020.
The total investment in the project, for which construction started in 2016, has totaled more than 900 million rubles.
More than 70 technicians and other specialists have already been employed by Honeywell at the facility, with a total of approximately 200 new roles expected to be created over the next few years because of the project.
Honeywell has been operating in Russia since 1974, expanding its footprint across key industries. The company has 20 offices in Russia and more than 1,000 employees across Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Armenia.
Honeywell’s automation systems and UOP oil refining technologies are installed at the largest plants in Russia and across the CIS countries. Honeywell avionics, auxiliary power units and other aircraft systems are helping improve the safety, performance and efficiency of Russia and CIS’ airliners. The company’s equipment also provides safe control and operation of engineering systems within critical infrastructure facilities, commercial and industrial buildings, and cultural heritage sites.
Honeywell’s Russia production sites also include Elster Metronica and Elster Gazelectronica, manufacturers of equipment for commercial, industrial, and residential heating systems and gas, water, and electricity meters, including smart meters and software and data analytics solutions. Both Elster businesses have research and development, and production facilities, in Moscow and Arzamas. Since 2017, Honeywell has been investing in expanding the production of gas measuring equipment, including medium and high pressure gas regulators, and pressure transducers in Arzamas.