Danish catalysts specialist Haldor Topsoe starts the production of automotive catalysts in Tianjin, China. The new plant “shows strong commitment to China and ambitious environmental goals,” says Topsoe CEO.
Tianjin/PR China – Haldor Topsoe has crowned its 90 million US dollars investment in a Chinese catalysts production with the official opening of an advanced automotive catalysts plant in Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area in the presence Princess Benedikte of Denmark.
“Topsoe is strongly committed to China, and it is no coincidence that this plant – our largest investment ever – is located here. China is an important growth market for us, and we believe that the production of our highly efficient automotive catalysts will be a relevant contribution to support the ambitious environmental goals in the thirteenth five-year plan,” says Bjerne S. Clausen, CEO of Haldor Topsoe.
Catalysts Could Help to Bring Better Air Quality in China
The plant produces advanced catalysts that clean the exhaust from heavy duty diesel engines in trucks, buses and other vehicles. Basic components of smog as well as hazardous soot particles are removed, which improves air quality significantly.
The site is equipped with state-of-the-art production equipment, including robots. Safety is a focal point for Topsoe so machines have the highest safety standards and there are strict rules for the use of protective equipment and handling of chemicals.
The official opening was carried out in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark as part of her visit to China. At the opening ceremony the Royal Danish Ballet performed a piece from the ballet ‘Napoli’ contrasted by a traditional Chinese lion dance.
Cooperation with Chinese Partners is Paramount
Topsoe has done business in China as far back as the 70s and in 1984 the company established an office in Beijing. Topsoe has longstanding relations with several design institutes and scientific organizations in China and recently entered into its first commercial research collaboration outside Denmark with the renowned Dalian Institute for Chemical Physics (DICP). Today, Topsoe employs 170 people in China.