Issue: May 2007


High soot removal rates, typically 2-4 times higher that with normal diesel oxidation catalysts.



Automotive Industries interviews Antti Niinivaara, CEO & President of Ecocat Group and Keijo Torkkell, General Manager Of Ecocat Group

by Lenny Case

Finland based Ecocat Group manufacture catalyst solutions that help vehicles achieve better emission limits. Ecocat has successfully utilized technical advantages of metallic substrates and launched new revolutionary product ranges; EcoCat, EcoXcell and POC. These products are better than conventional channel substrates. There is more efficient pressure drops and mass transfer rates.

Ecocat’s technology can be used on gasoline-powered vehicles as well as diesel and natural gas -engines. With Euro emission limits becoming more stringent, Ecocat feels that its products offer automotive companies an effective solution. The company says that with their metallic catalyst technology it is possible to combine high engine performance, excellent drivability, low fuel consumption and low exhaust emission values, all simultaneously. The channel geometry provides good catalyst light-off combined with high surface area, low back pressure and extremely high mechanical durability.

The Group have also developed Particulate Oxidation Catalyst, POC® which is designed to reach high soot removal rates, typically 2-4 times higher that with normal diesel oxidation catalysts. In case POC substrate is saturated with soot and it is not regenerated exhaust gas can still flow through structure and it is not blocked.

Automotive Industries spoke to Antti Niinivaara, CEO & President of Ecocat Group and Keijo Torkkell, General Manager Of Ecocat Group.

AI: What are some of the breakthroughs Ecocat Group has achieved in the development and manufacture of high-performance catalysts and advanced emission controls?

Ecocat has developed a special mixer type catalyst for urea hydrolysis in SCR and partial filtration unit POC for LD and HD diesels.

AI: What are some of the breakthrough technologies we can expect from Ecocat Group over the next couple of years?

Ecocat is very much focusing to the diesel exhaust after treatment and we are also looking for opportunities which global concern of green house effect could provide for the catalyst business.

AI: Please tell us a little bit about Ecocat’s global market business and how you plan to increase your market share.

Our market share in metallic substrate business is sufficient and we will increase it by choosing selected core businesses with demanding technologies that Ecocat already today have and can provide. As we have done and will be doing we’ll provide the best logistical infrastructure to our clientele with latest know-how in emission technology.


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