Faurecia will boost soot filter production

Nanterre, France. Faurecia plans to significantly expand its diesel particle filter production.

The French exhaust emissions systems specialist plans to produce more than one million units a year by the end of 2006.

Last year Faurecia manufactured a total of 170,000 units and the company plans to more than double this in 2004 to approximately 450,000 units -- a European market share of 65 percent.

The group designed a diesel particle filter with additives in co-operation with its major shareholder PSA/Peugeot-Citroen in 2000.

Last year Faurecia added a second technology with a catalytically coated filter to its range.

Faurecia believes it is the only company to master both technologies and has already sold around one million particle filters to PSA, Mercedes, Volvo and Ford since 2000.

The filter with additives is standard ion the Peugeot 206, 407, 307 and 607, Ford Focus C-Max and the Volvo S40/V50 model series.

The Mercedes E-, C- and S-class models are fitted with coated filters.