Alfdex, a 50/50 joint venture between Alfa Laval and Concentric, said it would expand its manufacturing unit in China during the first half of 2019 to capture the demand driven by the Chinese initiative to improve their air quality, called the Blue Sky Action plan.
The Chinese air quality plan covers many emission sources, where heavy duty trucks is one important subset. The China-6 regulation will be effective in China's largest cities as of July 1, 2019 and this is expected to result in the replacement of 1m heavy duty trucks.
The Alfdex-separator is the most widely used solution for active cleaning of crankcase gases in truck engines. It was launched in 2004 and has been selected by most truck manufacturers in North America, Europe and Japan. During the last year, almost 700,000 Alfdex-separator units have been sold. The expansion of the manufacturing unit in China means that the total capacity will nearly double.
Alfdex has also received its first orders in China including one from Weichai, the largest engine manufacturer in China and also a heavy truck maker.
"This represents a significant breakthrough into the China medium and heavy duty truck market," said David Woolley, president and CEO of Concentric.
"The Alfdex oil mist separator continues to be one of the leading technologies used to meet the world's most exacting emissions standards. The order from Weichai is exciting as they are one of the major players and technology leaders in the Chinese truck market."