Umicore's new catalyst production facility in Nowa Ruda, Poland.
Umicore's new catalyst production facility in Nowa Ruda, Poland.

By Liz Nickels

The investment will allow Umicore to meet a growth in demand for automotive catalysts from its customers in Europe, driven mainly by the recent introduction of new emission legislation in the European Union, Umicore says.

The facility, which will be Umicore’s first industrial operation in Poland, joins the company’s existing European automotive catalyst production capabilities in Germany, France and Sweden. The plant will provide catalyst systems for light duty and heavy duty vehicles and will be equipped with two production lines and peripheral installations and assets for logistics, quality assurance and analytical inspection of products. 

The investment amounts to approximately € 40 million and will initially create over 80 new jobs. Construction of the plant will start in July 2014 and completion is planned for the beginning of 2016.