Honeywell announced the establishment of a new chemicals business on Monday that aims to strengthen product partnerships with researchers. The new unit, Honeywell Research Chemicals, will operate under the company’s Fine Chemicals business and help provide a supply of reagents and solvents for the analytical testing, drug discovery, and applied materials sectors.

“Our customers are looking for a supplier that can be trusted to be with them through every step of the research process, from small-scale to development to production,” said a statement by Arnaud Verhaeghe, general manager of Honeywell Research Chemicals. “Honeywell has the ability to provide catalogue products that meet and exceed expectations, but also to provide exceptional customization in terms of product specifications, quantity, and delivery that assures customers they always come first.”

The company also launched an e-commerce platform to support the new Research Chemicals unit, enabling lab managers to quickly and easily purchase products. Headquartered in Seelze, Germany, near Hanover, the Research Chemicals facility also manufactures high-purity solutions for laboratory research and testing uses. The new business also offers brands and solvent and inorganic chemical products acquired from a December 2015 purchase of Sigma-Aldrich.

Honeywell’s new business unit offers four product portfolios:

– Honeywell Fluka: Inorganic chemicals and reagents for analytical applications featuring Hydranal for Karl Fisher titration and TraceSELECT inorganics for trace level analysis.
– Honeywell Riedel-de Haën: High-purity solvents for dedicated analytical applications featuring Chromasolv for chromatography and TraceSELECT solvents for trace level analysis.
– Honeywell Burdick & Johnson: High-purity solvents and reagents for synthesis featuring Anhydrous product lines.
– Honeywell: Honeywell-branded performance-grade solvents and inorganics for general laboratory use.

With the introduction of the new unit and e-commerce platform, Honeywell said the new business could help increase speed-to-market and reduce supply chain costs.