Hanover, Germany, September 23, 2014 – Tenneco Inc. (NYSE:TEN) today announced the opening of a new Clean Air research, development and manufacturing facility in China. The new wholly-owned facility, based in Kunshan near Shanghai, will design, develop and manufacture emission control products and technologies for Tenneco’s growing commercial truck business in China.
The Kunshan facility will also serve the company’s commercial truck and off-highway equipment business throughout the Asia Pacific region, and will be Tenneco’s center for designing and developing large engine solutions for Asia marine, locomotive and stationary applications.
The Kunshan facility sets a new standard in the region for emission control engineering centers with leading-edge engineering, testing and prototyping capabilities, as well as advanced mechatronics and systems integration laboratories. The facility’s capabilities include robust system design and analysis, modeling, controls simulation, acoustic analysis and predictive tools development including CFD simulation, engine application development for locomotive, marine and stationary engines, and hardware and testing capabilities including two marine engine dynamometers.
“I am extremely proud of our newest research and development center to serve this growing market with state-of-the-art engineering capabilities and a focus on developing China specific solutions, said Gregg Sherrill, chairman and CEO, Tenneco. “Our engineering know-how, global regulatory expertise, and capabilities in systems integration are driving Tenneco’s success in serving our customers with innovative, cost-effective aftertreatment solutions.”
The 10,200-square meter facility, located 60km from Shanghai, currently has 150 employees including 120 engineering and testing personnel. Once fully operational, the facility is expected to employ about 400 people.
Kunshan is also the manufacturing location for Tenneco’s XNOx™ Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology for commercial vehicle applications in China and the Asia Pacific region. XNOx™ Air Assisted Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) is a system developed for the China market, featuring a compact and integrated tank, controller and pump assembly. The design is readily adapted to the existing muffler box space to lower costs and facilitate vehicle integration. It is compliant with Euro V and China National Stage V regulations and provides an economical alternative to airless SCR.
Tenneco is a leading supplier to the global commercial truck and off-highway markets with a full suite of aftertreatment solutions tailored to any engine size or powertrain strategy, and designed to meet increasingly stringent emission standards taking effect worldwide. In China, Tenneco’s commercial engine and truck customers include Weichai, FAW, China National Heavy Truck Company (CNHTC), Dalian Diesel, JND, Shanghai Diesel Engine Co. and YuChai. The company also serves customers in North America, Europe, Brazil, India, South Korea, and Japan.
Tenneco is an $8 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 26,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of clean air and ride performance products and systems for the automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment markets and the aftermarket. Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx™ and Clevite®Elastomer.
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