Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today that Ford of Europe is equipping several models of its European market diesel passenger cars with the Corning DuraTrap AT filter. Corning has already begun shipping the product to Ford of Europe. This announcement represents yet another customer for Corning's innovative DuraTrap AT filter.
"This is a significant opportunity. Ford of Europe is one of the largest diesel car manufacturers in Europe," said Thomas R. Hinman, senior vice president of Corning Environmental Technologies. "We are pleased that they have integrated the DuraTrap AT filter into their emissions control systems. Corning's AT filter technology will help them meet stringent operating conditions and strict regulations."
The Corning DuraTrap AT filter uses an advanced aluminum titanate composition that delivers enhanced durability, high-filtration efficiency and excellent pressure drop within exhaust aftertreatment systems. This filter also uses a monolithic (single unit) structure that contributes to its durability. The DuraTrap AT filter is being used around the world to help customers meet stringent particulate emissions regulations. It is designed for use in light-, medium-, and heavy-duty diesel vehicles.
Corning diesel filters are used in emission control systems to remove particulate matter (soot) from vehicle exhaust. These wall-flow filters collect soot particles using a cellular ceramic structure with alternating channels open at the inlet and plugged on the outlet of the filter. Periodically the filter is regenerated to consume the soot and clean the filter.
Corning is a leading supplier of advanced cellular ceramic substrates and diesel particulate filters for the world's major manufacturers of gasoline and diesel engines. The company invented an economical, high-performance, cellular ceramic substrate in the early 1970s that is now the standard for catalytic converters worldwide. In 1978, Corning developed the cellular ceramic particulate filter to remove soot from diesel emissions. Corning continues to leverage its expertise in materials, processes and manufacturing to develop advanced ceramic substrates and diesel particulate filters that help meet demanding mobile emissions requirements.