Faurecia’s “Smart” Catalytic Converter
Faurecia is best-known as an auto interiors supplier. But the company’s second-largest business sector is emission controls, where a new “smart” catalytic converter is poised to debut in 2019.
Mike Heneka, senior advisor to the CEO of Faurecia North America, says the key to the new converter is an electric heating system that raises the efficiency of the catalyst even when the engine is cold or idling in traffic. Heneka notes that the Faurecia system, which will help carmakers meet next-generation emission standards in Europe, also can be adapted to diesels.