Hug supplies diesel particulate filters for U.S. Mail

Dettingen / Erms, (PresseBox) - The Swiss exhaust specialist Hug, in which ElringKlinger AG holds a majority stake, now supplies exhaust purification systems for the United States Postal Service. Nearly 400 vehicles operated by U.S. Mail in California are being fitted with diesel particulate filters equipped with catalytic soot burn-off technology that also reduces levels of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. The first deliveries of Hug's filter systems are already under way via the automotive retail sector.

The U.S. retrofitting market, served by mobiclean RTM diesel particulate filter systems, has become an important source of revenue for the Hug Group. In California, Hug can now boast a share of over 30% in the retrofitting market for buses and trucks. Sales of the diesel particulate filters in North America were given a major boost at the beginning of this year when the CARB (California Air Resources Board) approved the systems for retrofitting buses and trucks weighing over 6.34 metric tons.

The Swiss Hug Group's main focus is on exhaust purification systems for trucks and other commercial vehicles, the shipping industry and stationary oil- and natural-gas-fired power stations. The company develops and produces all the main components in-house, e.g. the ceramic substrates for catalysts, diesel particulate filters and DeNOx systems, as well as the catalytic coating and the housings.

In 2012, the Hug Group achieved total sales revenue of EUR 36.6 million, although EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) remained in negative territory at minus EUR 3.0 million. After a turnaround in the first quarter of 2013, not to mention the restructuring of production and a series of new projects, the company expects sales to rise to over EUR 45 million with EBIT in excess of EUR 7 million.

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