Honeywell International Inc. last week announced that it plans to build a research and development facility for its Honeywell Intelligrated warehouse automation business to meet growing demand for its technologies.
The new testing and training facility will have more than 150,000 sq. ft. (14,000 sq. m) and be built on Honeywell’s campus in Brno, Czech Republic. It is already home to Honeywell’s R&D hub for Central and Eastern Europe. The company said it expects to open the new center in mid-2022.
Honeywell said the new facility will enable its hardware and software engineers to design, prototype, and test warehouse automation innovations. Logistics companies will then use them to improve the accuracy, efficiency and throughput of packages within distribution centers and warehouses, it said.
The company said its Brno facility will be Honeywell’s first European test and development site for its portfolio of digitally enabled technologies for supply chains.
Once the facility is fully operational, warehouse and logistics companies from across Europe can use it to test, prototype, and train on Honeywell’s technologies to help them maintain an advantage in an increasingly dynamic and competitive market, said the company.
Toward the latter part of 2022, Honeywell will open a customer training facility at the new site. The company said it will hire dozens of highly skilled technical specialists over the next 18 months as the facilities come online.