Issue: Jun 2010


Buehler Motor Teams Up with Inergy Automotive to Reduce Emissions for North American Diesel Cars



Buehler Builds on Its Eco-friendly Automotive Business with Contract to Supply Brushless Pump Drive for Inergy SCR Systems

by Rob White

Buehler Motor, Inc., a leading international provider of mechatronic drive and pump solutions with a specialty in the eco-friendly automotive industry, announced today in conjunction with its parent company, Buehler Motor GmbH of Nuremberg, Germany, a partnership to supply brushless pump drives to Inergy Automotive Systems, a global Tier One automotive supplier of complete plastic fuel systems, energy and fluid storage technologies. The Buehler solution will drive Inergy’s DINOX select catalytic reduction (SCR) system designed for diesel-fuel cars.

The Inergy partnership signals the third high-profile technology alliance for Buehler Motor in the eco-friendly vehicle segment, and follows previously announced contracts to provide its pump solutions for the General Motors Chevy Volt and CODA Automotive’s electric five-passenger sedan.

Buehler and Inergy are currently conducting final tests and adjustments to the co-developed SCR system, and production is planned for 2011. Designed to meet stringent 2014 Euro 6 regulations for CO2 emissions reduction in diesel-fuel automotive engines, the Inergy DINOX SCR systems will be adopted by select 2011 Audi and General Motors diesel-fuel vehicles. Specific vehicle models have not been determined.

“As part of the larger Buehler Motor family, we are working closely with our automotive group to ensure the success of the Inergy partnership,” said Bob Riedford, president and general manager of Buehler Motor, Inc. “Together with Inergy, we hope to contribute to the growing popularity of clean diesel-fuel vehicles as a viable alternative to gasoline vehicles, and for reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the North American market.”

“In addition to allowing us to meet the needs of the European market, our relationship with Buehler Motor will prove equally important as diesel-fuel vehicles become more prevalent in North America,” said Mark Sullivan, president and CEO of Inergy Automotive Systems, North America. “We are relying on Buehler for its engineering and design expertise, as well as for the engineering, design and manufacturing flexibility required for innovative automotive technologies that will contribute to a cleaner environment.”

Buehler Motor, Inc., and its parent, Buehler Motor GmbH, have been providing North American automotive OEMs and Tier One suppliers with customized mechatronic drive technology since 1969. A partial past and present client list includes Audi, BMW, Continental, GM, Hella, Johnson Controls, Lear, Mercedes-Benz, Siemens and Volkswagen.

Buehler Motor is an independent, globally active company focused on the development, production and marketing of technically challenging mechatronic drive solutions for the world’s leading manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, business automation, medical device and other industries. Driven by innovation, Buehler Motor offers comprehensive in-house research and development with more than 120 engineers and 1,200 qualified employees delivering more than 22 million units worldwide. Buehler Motor’s Product Implementation Process (PIP) ensures superior manufacturing processes and the highest quality product for all standard line and customized drive solutions.

As part of the worldwide Buehler Motor family, Buehler Motor, Inc. (BMI), based in Morrisville, N.C., offers its North American customers a combination of German engineering, research and development, manufacturing, and local sales and customer support – plus the competitive pricing advantages and on-time delivery that come from a global production footprint spanning three continents.

For more information about Buehler Motor and products, please call (919) 380-3329 or visit www.buehlermotor.com.

Inergy Automotive Systems was founded in 2000 as a joint venture combining the plastic FuelSystems operations of Plastic Omnium and Solvay S.A. Today, the company is the leading Tier One supplier of plastic Fuel Systems to the major car manufacturers.

Headquartered in Paris, France, Inergy Automotive Systems employs approximately 3,800 people worldwide and operates 24 manufacturing facilities in 18 countries. Inergy Automotive Systems remains at the forefront of pioneering technology which is a major factor in its competitiveness, pride and success. For further information please visit www.inergyautomotive.com

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