Engineering service provider, MAHLE Powertrain, has just launched a project focussing on the next generation of diesel exhaust gas technology.
The firm, based on St James Mill Road at the heart of Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone, is investing £128,000 in the project - £28,000 of which will come in the form of funding from Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership’s (NEP’s) High Performance Technologies (HPT) Investment Programme supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and European Regional Development Fund.
MAHLE was one of 17 companies to receive grants totalling £735,000.
Improving fuel economy
MAHLE specialises in the development of advanced engine technologies and its new project will target the optimisation of NOx emissions and diesel particulates whilst improving fuel economy and lowering system costs.
Company CEO, Dr Bernd Mahr, said: “We are situated at the heart of the newly established Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone and we benefit from the proactive support of the NEP team.
“One of our research projects is targeting the development of a future exhaust gas after-treatment system (EGATS) for diesel passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to solve the technical difficulties and added cost challenges.
“Our solution will reduce the cost and complexity relative to the current systems in the field whilst also providing fuel economy benefits.
“Our technical partners on this project are the Danish company, Haldor Topsoe, who are specialists in advanced catalyst technologies.”
“NEP helped us greatly”
Dr Bernd added: “Earlier this year, NEP informed us of an opportunity to access UK Government funding through the HPT Investment Programme and helped us greatly with the application process.
“We were fortunate to be awarded a grant of £28,000 to support our own investment of over £100,000 in the EGATS project and we expect to generate new jobs for highly skilled engineers over the next few years as a result of this investment.”
MAHLE expects to create several jobs in the area of emissions reduction in the coming years as a result of the project which launched on 27th August 2013.
Cllr David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “This is just the kind of innovationNorthamptonfirms have become renowned for.
“The high performance technology sector features heavily in our Enterprise Zone and will continue to be a vital part of the town’s economy.
“We work closely with all local agencies including two local enterprise partnerships to make sure as many barriers to progress are swept aside meaning businesses can get on with that they do best.”
Tim Bagshaw, Head of Investment at Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, said: “MAHLE are part of an incredibly important industry for the local economy. Northamptonshire’s High Performance Technologies Investment Programme exists as part of a wider business support portfolio offered through NEP to enable innovation, new jobs and a high level of private investment.
“We would encourage other businesses in the area who feel they might benefit to get in touch with us.”
The Regional Growth Fund is a flexible and competitive £3.2 billion fund operating across England from 2011 to 2017. It supports projects and programmes that are using private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable employment. For more information, please go to www.bis.gov.uk/rgf
About the European Regional Development Fund
The Northamptonshire HPT Investment Programme project is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.
For more information visit www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding
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