Saint-Gobain, Ibiden and Toyota Announce Joint Subsidiary
November 18, 2002
IBIDEN Co, Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, and Toyota Industries Co. recently announced the launch of mass production of particulate filters for diesel engines, along with the opening of the production site of their joint subsidiary. IBIDEN DPF France SAS is the first production site in the world to be entirely devoted to this new application. Since 2000, the PSA Peugeot Citroen group has fitted more than 200,000 diesel vehicles with the IBIDEN DPF filter and has announced its intent to employ this pollution-reducing technology across its entire diesel line. Thanks to its honeycomb structure, the IBIDEN DPF ceramic silicon carbide filter removes almost all (99.9%) of the fine particles emitted by the engine exhaust, including the very finest (as small as two-hundredths of a micron). This filtration is obtained by passing exhaust gases through the porous walls of the filter. IBIDEN DPF France SAS represents an industrial investment of 60 million Euros. The industrial site of Courtenay is designed to reach a production volume of 300,000 filters per year for one production line. By the end of 2002, the site will employ 90 people.
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