12 August 2009
Robert Bosch GmbH, Deutz AG, and J. Eberspächer GmbH & Co. KG have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in the area of exhaust gas aftertreatment for nonroad vehicles. The companies intend to establishment of a joint venture for the development, production, and sale of diesel exhaust aftertreatment systems. The joint venture would offer technical solutions for meeting stricter emission regulations from 2011.
With stricter nonroad engine emission regulations coming into force from 2011—Stage III B and IV in Europe, Tier 4i and Tier 4 in North America, and comparable regulations in Japan—the demand for exhaust gas aftertreatment systems for such applications as construction and agricultural machinery is growing significantly, said the companies.
It is envisioned that the joint venture would supply complete diesel exhaust systems to all engine and machinery manufacturers worldwide. The complete system would utilize standardized modules connected by customized tubing. This approach would increase flexibility with respect to installation space in mobile machinery.
The partners would contribute their respective expertise to the joint venture: Bosch in the area of SCR metering systems and electronic control, Deutz in the area of engine emission control, and Eberspächer in the area of exhaust gas aftertreatment. The objective is to launch the joint venture and start series production as soon as possible, depending on the progress of the ongoing negotiations.