Umicore to build production line for auto catalysts in China

Umicore will increase its production capacity for automotive catalysts in Suzhou, China. The investment will support multiple catalytic systems and further the site’s ability to serve heavy duty diesel platforms based on secured new awards. The investment also entails the supporting infrastructure for further expansion and is due to be commissioned mid 2012.

The continuous expansion in Suzhou goes hand-in-hand with the car market developments in China and the intensification of emission legislation.

The construction of the new production line runs in parallel with the technology development center currently being built in Suzhou, which is also due to be commissioned mid 2012. This center will serve the system development and emission testing needs for light and heavy duty vehicle drivetrains, and for multiple engine types, including hybrid electric vehicles.