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Fleetguard Inc. and 3M Automotive Announce Joint Diesel Exhaust Emission Control Development Program

Published 03-05-02

Submitted by 3M

Fleetguard Emission Solutions, a unit of Fleetguard Inc., and 3M Automotive, today announced a joint development agreement (JDA) to design and develop advanced exhaust emission control technologies geared to meet the ever-increasing demands of the diesel emission marketplace and to respond to future, far more stringent global emission regulations.

The joint development agreement takes advantage of 3M's strengths in filtration and materials and Fleetguard's proven capability in diesel-related filtration and systems integration. The design and development of these technologies at Fleetguard and 3M facilities are supported by the diesel industry's leading scientists and cross-functional experts. The program is also drawing on combined Fleetguard/3M capabilities, including in-house emissions, durability, acoustics and performance characterization testing.

The technologies being developed by Fleetguard and 3M are focused on bringing about superior performance and cost-effective exhaust filtration products. These advanced filtration products are intended for use in current and future diesel exhaust emission control systems, providing significant particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission reductions.

The products will be made available worldwide by Fleetguard and 3M for automotive, medium/heavy duty trucks, buses and non-road mobile and stationary applications.

Regulations introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Air Resources Board (CARB) and international regulatory agencies require vehicles and powered equipment to have significantly reduced pollution levels. These stricter pollution control regulations require substantial reductions in carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter.

Fleetguard Inc. (www.fleetguard.com), headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cummins Inc., and the world's leading designer and manufacturer of air intake, air, coolant, fuel, hydraulic and lube filtration and exhaust system products for heavy-duty diesel-powered equipment. For inquiries, please contact Ellen Jordan at Ellen.J.Jordan@Fleetguard.com or (615) 366-9737.

3M Automotive, headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., is one of the world's most diverse suppliers to the automotive industry, offering over 1,000 products in virtually all application areas - electrical/lighting, exterior, interior, manufacturing/ assembly, powertrain/chassis and trim/ornamentation. For inquiries please contact Lorin Robinson at lrrobinson@mmm.com or (651) 736-2964.

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3M is a $16 billion diversified technology company with leading positions in health care, safety, electronics, telecommunications, industrial, consumer and office, and other markets. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., the company has operations in more than 60 countries and serves customers in nearly 200 countries. 3M businesses share technologies, manufacturing operations, brands, marketing channels and other important resources. 3M is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and also is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For more information about 3M go to www.3M.com or www.3M.com/profile/pressbox/index.jhtml.

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