Umicore reports that it has officially opened its new production plant for emission control catalysts in Rayong, Thailand. The plant produces automotive catalysts for gasoline and diesel light duty vehicles, serving customers in Southeast Asia.

The plant, which operates with a team of more than 40 employees, is situated in a special economic zone near Rayong, close to automotive plants in the country.

‘This investment supports our strategy to develop Umicore's leadership in clean mobility and to serve our customers globally,’ said Marc Watzal, Umicore plant manager. ‘We are looking forward to expanding our collaboration with them in this exciting and dynamic region.’

In recent years Thailand has established itself as the hub of Southeast Asia's automotive industry, according to Umicore. Of the four million vehicles produced in the region last year, around half were produced in Thailand. 

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