The centre will mainly cover system development and emissions testing for the Chinese market in a range of light duty vehicle drivetrains, including gasoline and diesel engines as well as alternative drivetrains such as hybrid electric vehicles.

 “The Chinese car market is growing rapidly and this, coupled with the increasing stringent emission legislation, justified the investment in a dedicated applied technology centre. This fits with our regional approach, whereby regions with specific legislation requirements supported by a sizeable market have dedicated local production and technology development centre facilities. Such facilities are already in place in Europe, North America, South America, Japan and Korea.”
Umicore first established an automotive catalyst production operation in China in 2005 and has since continued to increase the capacity and capabilities of the plant.