Honeywell is talking to customers at the show about what they want from the new Honeywell/AlliedSignal partnership.

Honeywell's Singapore Repair and Overhaul centre has been in operation since 1978 and is a focal point for customer support throughout Asia and the Pacific.

It handles APUs, propulsion engines, components and electronics and is a regional parts distribution centre. The business has a site covering 17,000 sq m, employees 300 people and generated $110 million last year. Its customers include Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, JAL, SAL, Air China, Air India and A&A.

"We've got some of the best manufacturing facilities and operations in the region," says Jim Taiclet, Honeywell's president, Aerospace Services, perhaps better known from his former AlliedSignal days.

"At Singapore we've converted all our lines to lean manufacturing mode and our turnaround times for APUs and engines are quite low - of the order of 16 days. We've had a terrific customer response to that and we are going to grow that business in Singapore on our ability to perform operationally," he adds.

Honeywell also has other ventures in Asia including an avionics repair centre and the LORI heat exchanger repair plant in Singapore, and the Taeco APU component repair centre in Xiamen, China, a joint venture with Haeco. There is also a repair centre for older APUs in Kuala Lumpur.

The retrofitting of classic aircraft with new technology is also becoming a big business for Honeywell.

"Our Classic Navigator upgrade combines a new GPS product with a ring-laser gyro and substitutes that combined unit into the Boeing 747 and MD-11, Lockheed L1011, and Airbus A300. It gives the customer more modern navigation facilities and is a growth area for us," says Taiclet.

"On the mechanical side we are doing the same thing with APUs using a technology called HiPerCore. It basically puts better materials and coatings into the core of older APUs. There are many opportunities to put new products into older aircraft and it's cost effective for the customer.

"All these businesses are targeted for growth," concludes Taiclet.

Source: Flight Daily News