Fleetguard Opens SCR Plant in South Africa

Posted on November 6, 2005

Fleetguard Emission Solutions said it has opened an exhaust aftertreatment manufacturing facility Pretoria, South Africa to produce selective catalyst reduction (SCR) systems. Fleetguard said “the high-volume plant is the first of its kind in South Africa and the products made will help heavy-duty trucks meet the Euro IV and Euro V emission standards, which take effect in 2006. Initially, all SCR systems made at the plant will be exported to serve the European market.”

Fleetguard Emission Solutions has invested more than $3 million in the 50,000-sq ft. facility located in Pretoria's Rossyln Automotive Supplier Park, which is near key suppliers and transportation facilities. The plant is expected to employ about 50 workers by mid-2006. A small number of the SCR systems will be produced this year with full production levels projected to begin in the second quarter of 2006. Production at the plant eventually is expected to exceed 70,000 units a year.

Fleetguard said the Pretoria plant will serve as a complement to a lower-volume SCR facility in Hinckley, United Kingdom, where about 20,000 units are produced each year.