MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Honeywell marked the 50th anniversary of its Buffalo Research Laboratory, where many of the environmentally friendlier molecules and manufacturing processes currently used in air conditioners, automobiles, foam insulation, and sterilant gases were invented.

Nance Dicciani, president and chief executive officer of Honeywell's Specialty Materials business, and Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello joined more than 140 employees, retirees, and other attendees at the site to celebrate the anniversary.

Groundbreaking research at the 150,000-square-foot facility included the development of non-ozone depleting refrigerants that met the stringent requirements of the Montreal Protocol. Most recently, researchers at the facility developed Enovate® 3000 blowing agent, also known as HFC-245fa, which is used in energy-efficient closed-cell foam insulation for homes and refrigerators.

"Our expertise in fluorine chemistry is demonstrated by the innovations developed here during the past 50 years," said Walter Hribik, site leader for the laboratory. "We continue to focus our efforts on next generation products for our customers, as well as on future regulatory requirements."

Since 1990, researchers at the facility have generated 245 patents for new products and manufacturing processes. Today, the Buffalo site focuses on synthesis (or man-made) chemistry and process development. It is home to more than 40 laboratory areas dedicated to refrigerants, foam blowing agents, solvents, sterilants, aerosols, industrial fluorines, and specialty products. It also provides ongoing manufacturing support and development, including new economical and robust manufacturing capabilities.

Publication date: 06/20/2005