Local plants adopt Faurecia Clean Mobility name

Faurecia’s emission control technology locations in Columbus have been renamed Faurecia Clean Mobility.

The company’s Gladstone Avenue plant on the east side of Columbus and its new plant and research center on the former Walesboro Airport site south of Columbus will be renamed, although exterior signage — which says “Faurecia” — will remain the same, a company spokesman said.

The change was made to align with industry megatrends and boost long-term growth, the company said in a news release.

As air quality becomes a major concern for cities, regulations are increasing the need for new technologies, resulting in Faurecia Clean Mobility focusing on three areas, the company said:

New technologies for a more efficient and responsible use of thermal and hybrid cars, integrating high-tech systems such as energy recovery and monitoring of real-time data.

Developing breakthrough innovations for the rapidly growing commercial vehicle market as well as the global off-highway and high-horse power market, including marine and power generation.

Leveraging its expertise to develop innovative solutions to accompany the growth of electric vehicles, with a focus on lightweight solutions including composites and battery thermal management.

“By focusing on clean mobility we are boosting our growth opportunities,” said Christophe Schmitt, Faurecia Clean Mobility executive vice president. “The electrification of the powertrain is a major opportunity for value-added technologies such as energy recovery, composites and battery management. At the same time, the world is becoming increasingly emissionized, in particular for commercial vehicles and high-horsepower engines. This represents important growth opportunities for innovative air quality solutions for which Faurecia is the world leader.”

Faurecia is one of the world’s largest automotive equipment suppliers with global leadership positions in automotive seating, interior systems and emissions control technologies. For more information, visit faurecia.com.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.