BASF to introduce new FWC™ four-way conversion catalyst at 34th International Vienna Motor Symposium
BASF introduces its innovative FWC™ four-way conversion catalyst for gasoline engines at the International Vienna Motor Symposium, being held April 25-26, 2013, in Vienna, Austria.
The single-component FWC technology can remove PM (Particulate Matter), as well as CO (Carbon Monoxide), HC (Hydrocarbons) and NOx (Nitrogen Oxides) from gasoline-engine exhaust, helping automakers meet strict new emissions regulations including Euro 6.
The FWC will be showcased in a presentation led by Dr. Klaus Harth, BASF’s Vice President, Mobile Emissions Catalysts Research, which will take place at 9:30 am on April 26 at the Congress Center Hofburg in Vienna.
“We have successfully applied our knowledge and expertise in materials science, catalysis and processing to the development of this high-performing new technology,” said Harth. “The FWC is a unique solution which combines the functionality of a three-way conversion catalyst (TWC) with a filter on a single honeycomb.”
The traditional TWC used with gasoline-engines removes CO, HC and NOx. In order to remove PM, a separate Gasoline Particulate Filter can be added, however this can increase back pressure and requires additional space. The FWC addresses this challenge, creating a single-component technology solution.
“Close collaboration between catalyst developers, substrate suppliers and automotive OEMs will be required to bring the full potential of the FWC to market,” said Xavier Susterac, BASF’s Vice President, Mobile Emissions Catalysts Europe. “BASF will continue to drive this process, leveraging our industry-leading innovation capabilities and our proven emissions control and catalysis manufacturing expertise to help move the industry forward.”
In addition to tightening long-established emissions restrictions for HC, CO and NOx emissions, upcoming Euro 6 regulations will introduce new controls for particulate matter emissions from gasoline-engine-powered vehicles. The European Commission has decided to implement such new standards in two phases. Phase 1 will begin in 2014, with an initial particulate limit of 6×1012/km, followed by phase 2 (Euro 6c) with a more stringent standard of 6x1011/km in 2017. In addition, Real-Driving Emissions (RDE) requirements will be considered from 2017 onward. In the United States, future U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 3 regulations will also require more stringent particulate emissions reductions.
BASF’s emissions control solutions include SCRoF™ (Selective Catalytic Reduction on Filter) for diesel engines, and PremAir® direct ozone reduction catalysts, which can be applied on automotive radiators. These emissions abatement products are manufactured at the company’s Nienburg, Germany, catalyst production facility, and will also be produced in a new BASF production site in Środa Śląska, Poland, which is slated to begin manufacturing operations in the first quarter of 2014.
Beyond emissions catalysts, BASF will showcase its fuel additives, axle and transmission lubricants, engineering plastics and battery materials at the 2013 Vienna Motor Symposium.
BASF’s Keropur® fuel additives help keep engines clean and protect the entire fuel system. The portfolio comprises gasoline and diesel performance packages for effective engine cleanliness, improved fuel economy, corresponding lower emissions and a better driving experience. Emgard® axle and transmission synthetic lubricants provide extended drain intervals and improved wear protection and shifting comfort.
BASF markets its polyamide compounds and engineering plastics under the trade name Ultramid®. Thanks to their excellent performance properties, they have become indispensable for numerous applications in which high mechanical strength, stiffness and thermal resistance are vital, such as automotive applications, electrics and electronics, sports and leisure or furniture.
BASF’s battery materials support the production of advanced lithium-ion batteries that will propel current and next-generation hybrid and full electric vehicles, helping drive the future of electromobility. The company’s portfolio includes cathode materials as well as electrolytes.
About BASF’s Catalysts Division
BASF’s Catalysts division is the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. The group offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products, including advanced battery materials. By leveraging our industry-leading R&D platforms, passion for innovation and deep knowledge of precious and base metals, BASF’s Catalysts division develops unique, proprietary solutions that drive customer success. Further information on BASF’s Catalysts division is available on the Internet at www.catalysts.basf.com.
About BASF’s automotive solutions
The automotive industry is one of BASF’s key customer industries, accounting for up to 15 percent of the Group’s total sales. As the world’s leading automotive supplier in the chemical industry, BASF is recognized as a reliable and competent partner by carmakers, suppliers, and the after-sales market. With a strong presence in Europe, Africa, North and South America, as well as in Asia, BASF has a global industry network. It supplies and develops functional materials and solutions that contribute to the vehicles of today and of the future. From engineering plastics, polyurethane and specialty foams, coatings and fuel additives to catalysts, battery materials, pigments, synthetic lubricants, coolants, brake fluids and chemicals for leather and textiles, BASF supplies a broad range of products for use in the automotive industry. Sales to the automotive industry in 2012 were €9.5 billion. Further information on BASF’s automotive solutions is available on the Internet at www.basf.com/group/chemistry-in-daily-life/mobility.
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012 and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.