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.