Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today hosted a ceremony to recognize capacity enhancements at its manufacturing facility in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Business leaders and state government officials gathered at the company’s Kaiserslautern facility to celebrate Corning’s continued investment in mobile emissions control technology and manufacturing in the local community.
“Our Kaiserslautern facility has been serving European and global markets since 1986,” said Hal Nelson, vice president and general manager of Corning Environmental Technologies. “As our dedicated center of excellence in Europe, Kaiserslautern is well-equipped and geographically positioned to reliably supply next-generation technology to customers worldwide as clean air standards and vehicle performance needs advance.”
Diesel vehicle manufacturers are striving for greater engine performance and fuel economy while meeting Euro 6 emissions standards under a myriad of driving conditions. The Corning® DuraTrap® AT HP filter, the latest advancement in Corning’s DuraTrap® AT family of diesel filter products, is a compact aluminum titanate solution that meets those needs. Featuring an optimized material microstructure, the filter’s highly porous walls enable higher catalyst coatings to address tighter emissions limits without impacting fuel economy.
For gasoline vehicles, direct injection (GDI) engines are growing in popularity as drivers demand more fuel efficiency and engine power. These engines produce a high number of fine particulates that pollute the air.
European regulators intend to address this issue in upcoming regulations that will include “real-world-driving” standards, which establish more stringent emissions limits and address particulates generated by GDI engines.
In response, Corning has developed unique filter products to capture gasoline particulates without sacrificing engine performance. The new cordierite-based gasoline particulate filter (GPF) product family is designed to enable a range of system configurations as European car makers prepare to meet the new emissions standards. As North America continues to strive for cleaner air through tighter regulations, there are strong indicators that GPF technology also may expand to the region in the near future.
“At Kaiserslautern, we are currently scaling to supply DuraTrap® AT HP filters and gasoline particulate filter product lines,” said Klaus Wellstein, general manager, Germany and South Africa, Corning Environmental Technologies. “Investments in advanced technology and reliable supply are why Corning continues to be a strong partner after more than 40 years in the clean-air solutions industry.”
Corning is a leading supplier of advanced cellular ceramic substrates and diesel particulate filters for the world's major manufacturers of gasoline and diesel engines. The company invented an economical, high-performance, cellular ceramic substrate in the early 1970s that is now the standard for catalytic converters worldwide. In 1978, Corning developed the cellular ceramic particulate filter to remove soot from diesel emissions. Corning continues to leverage its expertise in materials, processes, and manufacturing to develop advanced ceramic substrates and diesel particulate filters that help meet demanding mobile emissions requirements.
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Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.