Topsoe catalystBrazil – The company has leased two buildings in Joinville, Santa Catarina, and is working to achieve regulatory approval as well as placing orders for production equipment. Operations to manufacture catalysts for diesel vehicles such as buses and trucks are planned to commence within the coming year.

“Establishing production locally is an important prerequisite for us to realise our full potential in Brazil, but also other parts of Latin America,” explained Bjerne Clausen, CEO of Haldor Topsoe. He pointed to incentives from the Brazilian Government for companies to switch from imports to local production: “For instance, if the local content of a heavy duty vehicle exceeds 70%, financing will be granted at a subsidised interest rate.”

Topsoe added: “Moreover, import duties on catalysts from abroad will increase and thereby create a strong incentive to establish production on Brazilian ground.”