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Tenneco’s Advanced Technology Driving Growth

May 18, 2011
Company Investing in Germany; Expanding in the Commercial Vehicle Market

Edenkoben, Germany, May 18, 2011 – Tenneco Inc., a leading tier-one global automotive supplier, today announced it will invest $21 million in its German operations in 2011 to further expand its advanced emission control technologies and engineering capabilities, while also supporting important light and commercial vehicle launches. These investments will help the company grow its business in the German market and globally, further demonstrating Tenneco’s position as a global leader in emission control technology.

Tenneco offers a full suite of emission control solutions to help customers worldwide meet emissions standards and improve fuel economy. Tenneco’s engineering capabilities allow the company to tailor emissions control solutions to different market applications including light and commercial vehicles and the aftermarket. Tenneco showcased its advanced technology today during a press briefing at Edenkoben, one of the company’s two global emission control research and development centers. The other is in Grass Lake, Michigan, USA.

"Tenneco’s advanced emission control technology is driving our growth globally and Germany plays a critical role in that growth," said Josep Fornos, senior vice president, Europe, South America and India. "Our investments in R&D and manufacturing will help us to deliver the right technologies to our customers at the right times to help them meet tightening emissions standards. In addition to launching important light vehicle platforms, we are expanding in the on- and off-road commercial vehicle segment, helping customers meet new diesel particulate and NOx abatement regulations."

In Germany, customers include light vehicle manufacturers such as Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Jaguar Landrover, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Renault, Ford and GM and commercial vehicle manufacturers including Caterpillar, Daimler, Deutz and John Deere.

Tenneco’s engineering center and manufacturing facility in Edenkoben and its production sites in Zwickau, Ingolstatdt and Saarlouis are at the heart of the company’s future growth with the German automotive industry and significant to Tenneco’s success globally.

Edenkoben is one of three principal emission control engineering centers worldwide. A substantial portion of 2011 investments in Edenkoben will support the development and launch of diesel aftertreatment systems for Caterpillar and its Perkins Engines group, as well as important upcoming product launches with light vehicle customers including BMW, Mercedes-Benz and VW.

"With our suite of emissions control technologies, we help our customers reach optimal vehicle performance while meeting emissions standards," said Dr. Wolfgang Reuter, vice president, sales and engineering, emission control Europe. "We leveraged our light vehicle emission control expertise to win business in the new commercial vehicle market where our diesel emissions technologies offer flexible, turnkey solutions including complete systems integration."

Today, in Edenkoben, Tenneco highlighted light and commercial vehicle technologies including its XNOx® Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), which uses a chemical reaction to convert toxic NOx from engine emissions into harmless nitrogen and H2O; Electrical Valve, a fully variable backpressure control valve, which enables vehicles using low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems to minimize NOx emissions; Diesel Fuel Vaporizer, an external-dosing solution that provides efficient diesel particulate filter (DPF) regeneration; T.R.U.E.-Clean® thermal regeneration unit that ensures regeneration of DPFs under all operating conditions; Exhaust Heat Recovery System for improved fuel economy and a full range of commercial vehicle emissions aftertreatment systems. The company also showcased its advanced manufacturing capabilities, including new processes for lightweight designs to improve fuel economy and thereby reduce CO2 emissions.

"We are committed to further expanding our technology offerings and capabilities in Germany, one of the most important automotive production centers in the world," said Enrique Orta, vice president and general manager, Europe OE emission control. "We continue to benefit from our strong footprint here with four manufacturing operations in close proximity to our customers, allowing us to react quickly to their requirements and ensuring just-in-time deliveries."

In addition to manufacturing in Edenkoben, Tenneco’s operations in Germany include facilities in:

  • Zwickau, which offers sequence production with advanced welding technologies and fully automated DPF canning processes for heavy duty applications such as off-road equipment. The plant also includes a fully-equipped tooling room and prototype shop and serves as a launch factory for training and new global program industrialization
  • Ingolstadt and Saarlouis, which focus on just-in-time/just-in-sequence (JIT/JIS) final assembly of complete exhaust systems for Audi and Ford respectively. These plants are highly automated and use advanced IT systems to produce part numbers in sequence with the customers’ production lines.

About Tenneco
Tenneco is a $5.9 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 22,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world's largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of emission control and ride control products and systems for the automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment markets and the aftermarket. Tenneco markets its products principally under the Monroe®, Walker®, Gillet™ and Clevite®Elastomer brand names.

In Germany, Tenneco has a total of around 1,500 people based in Edenkoben, Zwickau, Ingolstadt and Saarlouis. The worldwide research and development center for emission control is located in Edenkoben (Rhineland-Palatinate).

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