Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today hosted an opening ceremony for its new Environmental Technologies manufacturing facility in the Hefei Xinzhan Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone in the Anhui Province, China.
The new Hefei facility is equipped to produce substrates and particulate filters for automotive emissions control, with initial production focused on meeting customer orders for the company’s gasoline particulate filter (GPF) product line, Corning® DuraTrap® GC filters.
“Today marks an important milestone for Corning’s commitment to China’s clean-air initiatives and to our automotive customers in the region,” said Hal Nelson, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Environmental Technologies. “This new state-of-the-art facility is critical to meet demand for innovative emissions control solutions in the world’s largest auto market.”
Introducing particulate filters in gasoline systems is an important engineering advancement for clean-vehicle technology in China. Gasoline engines produce a high number of fine particulates, such as PM 2.5, that impact air quality and human health. DuraTrap GC filters are engineered specifically for gasoline engines, with proven capability to deliver high filtration efficiency of fine particulates.
Demand for these new components is growing as automakers prepare to meet the China 6 automotive emissions standard for gasoline vehicles. Once China 6 regulations are fully implemented in 2023, most gasoline vehicles in China will require a gasoline particulate filter.
China will be the second market globally, after Europe, where particulate filtration of gasoline engine exhaust has been introduced. Corning expects its gasoline particulate filter business to add an estimated $500 million in annual sales once emissions regulations are fully adopted in both markets.
Corning Environmental Technologies (Hefei) Co., Ltd, is Corning’s second Environmental Technologies production facility in China. Corning also operates a facility in Shanghai, Corning (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. which began operations in 2000. These facilities enable Corning to keep pace with China’s growing emissions control needs and demonstrate its support of China’s automotive industry and environmental objectives.
Corning is a leading supplier of advanced cellular ceramic substrates and ceramic particulate filters for the world's major manufacturers of gasoline and diesel vehicles. 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 material science and manufacturing to develop market-leading emissions control solutions that help our customers meet new emissions standards and enable cleaner air worldwide.
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