Eberspaecher Exhaust Technology International GmbH and China Yuchai International Ltd. have signed a contract to form a joint venture (JV) company – Eberspaecher Yuchai Exhaust Technology Co. Ltd. The JV will produce and sell exhaust emission control systems for Chinese commercial vehicles to meet the highest domestic emission standard, China National 6.
The aim of the partnership is to develop, produce and market new exhaust emission control systems for commercial vehicles. The China National 6 emission standard is expected to be the most stringent emission standard in China, with plans to be first implemented by July 2020.
Eberspaecher will hold 51 percent shareholding interest of the JV, with a subsidiary of Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Co. Ltd. (GYML) subsidiary – Guangxi Yuchai Exhaust Technology Co. Ltd. – holding the remaining 49 percent. A new facility dedicated to producing the joint venture’s exhaust systems will be built at GYMCL’s current engine production facilities in Yulin City, China. The establishment and operation of the JV is subject to certain approvals to be granted by the relevant government authorities in China.
Eberspaecher is an exhaust technology pioneer that is intensifying its activities in the growing Asian markets. These on-road systems for trucks and buses, as well as off-road applications such as tractors or construction machines, will improve the future environmental balance in China.
“As the market leader for commercial vehicle emission control technologies in Europe and North America, it is clear to us that we can bring this expertise to Asia,” said Dr. Thomas Waldhier, chief operating officer of Eberspaecher Exhaust Technology. “With China Yuchai as our strong partner, the foundation is being laid to achieve a leading position in Asia as well.”
Weng Ming Hoh, president of China Yuchai, added, “Eberspaecher is a world leader in exhaust technology with an exceptional track record over its 153-year history. As an engine technology leader in China for on-road and off-road commercial vehicles, we are excited to join forces with Eberspaecher to capture the secular growth opportunities in emission controls in China.”
Rising concerns for the environment creates demand for more effective emission reduction systems for trucks and buses in China. “As a pioneer in exhaust technology, we contribute to the environmentally friendly mobility of tomorrow with our innovations and technologies. Together with GYMCL, one of the major diesel engine OEMs in China, we will significantly contribute to the successful implementation of the China National 6 emission standard,” added Dr. York Zhao, vice president, business unit Asia at Eberspaecher.
Background of Emission Control Systems
The new exhaust emission control systems are so-called combination systems under China National 6 – the strictest emission standard for particulates, nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbons. This emission standard corresponds to Euro 6 in Europe and EPA 10 in the U.S. China National 6 will result in a further reduction of 80 percent for nitrogen oxides and 66 percent for particle mass compared to the China National 5 standard.
The Eberspaecher commercial vehicle combination systems consist of two main components: a diesel particulate filter system – consisting of an oxidation catalyst (DOC) and Diesel particulate filter (DPF) – and a nitrogen oxide reduction system, which includes urea dosing and SCR catalysts. In addition to the emission function, these technologies also comply with the relevant acoustic regulations.
New Plant in Yulin
To directly supply Asian commercial vehicle manufacturers, the JV will build a production plant in Yulin City, in the province of Guangxi. The first exhaust control systems will be produced at the end of 2019. In the first full year of production, 160,000 systems are planned. In the long-term, the JV is expected to create up to 250 local jobs.
Commercial vehicle manufacturers that use Yuchai engines will benefit from the new joint venture in terms of sales and after-sales activities, as they will receive engine and exhaust technology from a single source. This cooperation also makes use of Eberspaecher’s expanded development activities at its Asian headquarters in Shanghai. The local tech center, which bundles the entire exhaust technology testing expertise and prototyping activities for Asian customers, is nearing completion.