Emitec enters a new phase of growth

Exhaust emission control specialist will present 12 new products at the IAA -- Fourth plant in Asia?

Lohmar. Emitec GmbH will concentrate on revenue growth next year after a year of consolidation, CEO Wolfgang Maus said.

Emitec will introduce a dozen new products at the IAA in Frankfurt next month.

"After spending a year on consolidating the company we are now hoping to significantly increase our turnover in 2004," Maus said.

Last year the exhaust emission control systems specialist had 900 employees worldwide and revenue of approximately 220 million euros. When it was founded in 1986, revenue was just 3 million euros.

Maus expects a slight decrease in turnover for the current business year.

But the worldwide market leader on the metal catalyst sector hopes to make up for the losses in 2004. In spring 2004 Maus and company owners GKN and Siemens, who both hold 50 percent of Emitec, will decide whether to build a fourth location in Asia. The plant will be built either in India or in China.

Emitec currently offers 260 different types of catalysts worldwide. Another 12 models will be launched this autumn, two for gasoline engines and 10 for diesel engines.

Maus is already negotiating series production with several original-equipment manufacturers. Last week some of Toyota's top managers visited the company in Lohmar.

Maus has great hopes for a new compact turbocharged pre-catalyst system. The design creates turbulent currents within the catalyst and is 10 times more efficient than a common catalyst.

A lambda-sensor catalyst, which was developed in a joint venture with Volvo, also promises major cost savings and higher efficiency. The sensor is situated in a cavern within the substrate body.

Emitec hopes that systems used for the exhaust gas purification in diesel trucks and passenger cars will account for the majority of growth. This particularly regards a new system for drying soot particles and new particle filters.

Said Maus: "We are currently going through a very exciting phase."

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