SOURCE: Eberspdcher Group

November 09, 2007 08:00 ET

Purem GmbH Now Under the Umbrella of the Eberspächer Group; Automobile Parts Supplier From Esslingen Ensures Technological Leadership

ESSLINGEN, GERMANY--(Marketwire - November 9, 2007) - With retroactive effect, as of 1 August, Eberspächer took over Purem Abgassysteme GmbH & Co. KG., based in Unna, Germany. With the purchase of this 100 percent Daimler subsidiary, the automobile parts supplier based in Esslingen has introduced a leading system integrator in the area of after-treatment of exhaust emissions for commercial vehicles into its company. The objective is to significantly raise its market share in this segment.

"In the future, we want to be number one or two in the world market for commercial vehicle after-treatment systems from Euro 4 onwards", explains Dr. Thomas Wünsche, General Manager of Exhaust Technology. With the merger of Purem and Eberspächer, two leading exhaust emissions technology specialists are coming together and will pool their extensive joint know-how in the area of commercial vehicle applications. Wünsche: "This is an important signal for our customers. We are now in the position to offer, entirely from a single source, complete system competence for the stricter exhaust emissions standards of the future."

The Eberspächer group of companies, with its headquarters in Esslingen, Germany, specializes in exhaust emissions technology and vehicle heating for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. It has 5,800 employees in 16 countries and in 2006 produced a turnover of more than 2,020 million Euro.

In recent years, Purem has established itself as a system integrator for Daimler and generated that way a turnover of 80 million Euro in 2006 with 135 employees. Following this merger, Eberspächer can also expand this system integration competence to other customers. The facility in Unna will also be retained after the takeover. Bernd Hofmann (47) Grad. Eng., who has been the General Manager of Purem for one year, will head the new Eberspächer Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, which has almost all manufacturers in Europe, North America, Brazil and India amongst its customer base. "In the future, we will be able to offer our customers niche production runs for smaller series in the Euro 4 and 5 area in addition to large and medium-sized series", explains Hofmann.

The development portfolios of both companies complement each other perfectly. At the present time, Eberspächer is developing an active heat management system: a technology which makes the catalysts, soot filters and SCR systems (for nitrogen oxide purification) more efficient and less dependant on engine management. Purem is a system integrator and developer of urea dosing systems. With the combined know-how of these two exhaust emissions specialists, Eberspächer now covers the entire span of exhaust emissions after-treatment: from the dosing of the urea into the SCR catalytic converter through thermal management up to the acoustics.

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