BM Catalysts – Positive future for hot end emissions products

BM Catalysts, Europe’s leading manufacturer of hot end emissions products, is experiencing significant growth, as it continues to invest in upcoming technology and expand its product range to meet increasing and changing market demand. 

With new diesel legislation being rolled out across Europe, the automotive aftermarket is experiencing a shift in demand, with new products being brought to market to enable technicians to meet the new requirements. This, in turn, has resulted in significant market growth for replacement diesel particulate filters (DPFs). 

Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and most recently, Germany, have now implemented new Particle Number (PN) counters as part of their roadworthiness periodic technical inspections, and as a result, higher failure rates have already been reported, with vehicles failing to meet the new Euro 5a, 5b or 6 requirements. 

These changes are expected to hit closer to home in due course, with the UK currently consulting over implementation as part of the MOT test, with current suggestions predicting vehicles that are type approved to Euro 5b and Euro 6 onwards as the basis.

Mark Blinston, commercial director of BM Catalysts, said: “If the average failure rate for Euro 5 and 6 is 10%, then this will create a huge increase in the demand for replacement DPFs. If a vehicle fails the test, the only way to pass it will be to replace the DPF.

“In the UK there are over four million Euro 5b or 6 diesel passenger cars – so the potential market for these parts could be very significant. What’s more, in Europe, there are more than 280 million vehicles in use and diesel engines are approximately 19% of these. With this in mind, substantial parts growth is to be expected.”

BM Catalysts, which is an affiliated member of the Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality (WCRAQ), set-up to improve air quality in the UK, is committed to reducing emissions and is continuing to invest in new technologies to ensure the market can keep pace with these changes, and already has plans in motion to introduce a number of key product ranges in the coming years.