Inco joins with German firm to manufacture advanced emission control materials
TORONTO, ONT-Inco has signed an agreement to establish a joint venture company with Sud-Chemie AG, of Munich, Germany. The latter is a supplier of catalysts for the chemicals and refining industry and for environmental applications. The new company, to be named Alantum, will manufacture and market catalyzed diesel emission control materials for the automotive industry. Alantum will concentrate initially on diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) applications for European passenger car and light truck markets, producing these in a new facility at Sud-Chemie's Heufeld site in Germany. Commercial-scale production is expected to begin in 2008. The new joint venture takes advantage of the partner companies' complementary technologies: Sud-Chemie has extensive expertise in catalysis, while Inco will provide its new alloy foam substrate and extensive metals processing technology. This new generation of catalyzed substrates for emission control products offers considerable benefits compared to traditional catalyzed ceramic substrates, says the Toronto-based nickel producer.