Corning Gasoline Particulate Filters Reach Major Milestone
Once regulations are fully adopted in Europe and China, Corning expects to build a gasoline particulate filter business with an estimated $500 million in annual sales.
Corning Inc. recently announced that its Environmental Technologies business reached a significant production milestone at its Kaiserslautern, Germany, manufacturing facility—producing its 1 millionth Corning® DuraTrap® GC gasoline particulate filter (GPF) for automotive emissions control. The facility launched an expansion effort in 2016 for production of these ceramic particulate filters, engineered specifically for gasoline engines, in anticipation of European auto market demand for this new emissions control technology. According to Corning, these gasoline particulate filters help automakers meet the new Euro 6d emissions standard.
“Corning is proud to be partnering with most major automakers to equip their new European gasoline engine platforms with our DuraTrap GC gasoline particulate filters,” said Klaus Wellstein, general manager of Corning GmbH. “Our Kaiserslautern facility has been managing expansion and production activities simultaneously to meet demand for these new products, preparing for the regulations alongside our customers.”
Leveraging particulate filters in gasoline systems is an important engineering advancement for clean-vehicle technology in Europe as gasoline vehicles grow in popularity. Advanced gasoline engines, including high-performance gasoline-direct-injection (GDI) engines, offer consumers better fuel economy without sacrificing engine performance. However, they produce a high number of fine particulates, such as PM2.5, that impact air quality and human health.
Euro 6d emissions standards, which will be fully phased in by September 2018, call for a significant reduction in fine particulate emissions from GDI engine vehicles under new real-driving emissions (RDE) testing. These standards necessitate the use of particulate filtration in the treatment of exhaust, a technology successfully utilized on diesel passenger vehicles in Europe since the early 2000s.
DuraTrap GC filters are reportedly designed and optimized to help automakers effectively reduce fine particulate emissions from gasoline engines. These filters feature a new cordierite-based material composition with an innovative engineered ceramic microstructure that delivers high filtration efficiency of fine particulates while maintaining engine performance with low back pressure. A range of wash coat loading needs are supported for additional catalytic activity to help address tighter gaseous emissions standards as well.
“Reaching this one million gasoline particulate filter milestone is important for Corning and for clean-air initiatives in Europe,” said Hal Nelson, vice president and general manager of Corning Environmental Technologies. “It marks the introduction of a next-generation emissions control solution with proven capability to help our customers meet new emissions standards and advance their gasoline systems to be cleaner and safer.”
China will be the next market to introduce particulate filtration of gasoline engine exhaust. New emissions regulations, known as China 6, will be implemented beginning in 2020 and will apply to all gasoline engine vehicles, not just GDI. After China 6 regulations are fully implemented in 2023, most gasoline vehicles in China will potentially require a gasoline particulate filter. Once regulations are fully adopted in Europe and China, Corning expects to build a gasoline particulate filter business with an estimated $500 million in annual sales.
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