Frankfurt, Germany (ots)
- Hari N. Nair, the new executive vice
president and managing director of Tenneco Automotive's European
business unit, today said the company's technologies enable
automotive and truck manufacturers to meet Europe's strict air
quality standards now - long before they become mandatory in 2005 and
"Tenneco's technology helps manufacture cleaner, greener, quieter
cars. That technology, combined with a strategy to anticipate and
meet the European market's needs with creative cost-effective
solutions, is fueling the company's growth in Europe," Nair said
during the Frankfurt Auto Show.
Europe key to Tenneco Automotive
Europe represents 35 percent of the company's $3.5 billion (U.S.)
worldwide sales. In Europe, the company develops and manufactures
exhaust products for the original equipment market under the Gillet
brand name and ride control products under the Monroe brand name.
Customers include BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Ford Group, GM/Opel, Nissan,
Porsche, PSA Group, Renault, Toyota and VW Group.
"Europe is an extremely important market for us - particularly
given its leadership role in the development of automotive platforms
worldwide," said Nair, who assumed responsibility for the company's
European business this summer. "We believe we are well-positioned to
work successfully with our European customers as they respond to
increasing regulations and a dynamic global marketplace."
Nair cited stricter emissions regulations, increasing reliance on
lean burn gasoline and diesel engines and demand for more
fuel-efficient vehicles due to rising fuel costs among the major
factors shaping today's European marketplace.
"These factors drive us to anticipate our customers' needs and
respond with creative technology that adds value," he said. "Tenneco
Automotive has new technology offerings today that help manufacturers
meet the more rigorous Euro 4 and Euro 5 air quality regulations that
become mandatory in 2005 and 2008 as well as voluntary environmental
commitments under the Kyoto Protocol."
He highlighted three new Tenneco products and systems that help
original equipment manufacturers meet and exceed new regulations and
Emissions Control Technology
A diesel particulate filter for passenger cars - the only filter
that virtually eliminates carbon and hydrocarbon emissions with a
minimal impact on engine performance. The simplicity of the filter's
design and production results in decreased manufacturing costs.
Tenneco's diesel particulate filter is in use on the 2001 Citroen C5
and the 2001 Peugeot 406. Other applications are under development.
A tubular integrated converter (TIC) that reduces both weight and
cost. Tenneco is the only manufacturer using a new hot-spun
production process, which reduces material content, shortens
production time and reduces manufacturing costs. The weld-free
production process results in cost reduction of up to 25 percent and
weight reduction of up to 20 percent. Weight reduction results in
improved fuel economy. TIC technology is applied on current models of
the Ford Transit and Focus, Peugeot 406, Citroen C5 and GM/Opel
Corsa. Other applications are under development.
A combined particulate filter and De-NOx converter that meets 2005
Euro 4 and 2008 Euro 5 standards for reducing particulate emissions
by up to 90 percent and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by up to 70
percent in medium and heavy duty trucks. The system combines a
particulate filter with a technology that supplies urea to the
exhaust gas to reduce nitrogen oxides, resulting in cleaner
operation, enhanced fuel economy and space savings that is critical
for heavy duty trucks. Development projects for several leading truck
manufacturers are under way.
"Green" Ride Control Application
Tenneco Automotive's commitment to the environment extends beyond
emissions control into ride control as the company uses technology to
balance sure handling, comfortable ride and environmental
An oil-free "green" shock is the only one exclusively using
pressurized gas rather than oil as the damping medium, providing
frequency dependent damping and minimizing the compromise between
ride comfort and handling. Unlike oil, pressurized gas is not
affected by temperature, resulting in more consistent damping
performance over a wide range of operating temperatures. The damper
can be mounted in any position. The shock meets proposed recycling
regulations and is environmentally friendly.
"Tenneco Automotive's commitment to research and development
results in practical, value-added technology that our customers can
utilize now as they anticipate changes in tomorrow's automotive
marketplace," Nair said. "We work closely with our OE customers to
develop total cost solutions that help them respond to increasing
legislation as well as consumer demands and preferences."
Tenneco Automotive is a $3.5 billion manufacturing company with
headquarters in Lake Forest, Ill., and 23,000 employees worldwide.
Tenneco Automotive is one of the world's largest producers and
marketers of ride control and exhaust systems products, which are
sold under the Monroe", Gillet and Walker" global brand names.
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