As 2010 marks the next wave of emissions regulations for the on-highway industry, engine manufacturers such as Mack, Volvo, Daimler, PACCAR and most recently Cummins have announced their plans to meet the regulation through selective catalytic reduction (SCR). SCR requires diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) to meet the lower N[O.sub.x] exhaust emissions limits, meaning a DEF infrastructure needs to be put in place in the U.S.
To spur industry discussion on the topic, Integer Research, a global emissions regulations consultant business based in London, U.K., will host the first Diesel Exhaust Fluid Forum (DEFF '08) in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 11 and 12. The new forum will bring together U.S. road transport industry executives and their suppliers to discuss and provide insight into the commercial opportunities and concerns created by stricter heavy-duty diesel vehicle emissions regulations that begin in January 2010. Diesel Progress has teamed up with Integer as a media partner and will also be in attendance at the event.
"Our purpose is to create an independent meeting place for all the stakeholders in the coming U.S. market for DEF, to come together and discuss the commercial issues that matter most," said Tim Cheyne, director of Emissions Research at Integer. "Successful implementation of SCR for U.S. 2010 will require close collaboration by different industry sectors, and some have not worked together before. There is a clear need for this timely discussion and we have been delighted with the response from industry and regulators."
The DEFF '08 schedule has a full two-day lineup of speakers and panel discussions to shed light on the commercial realities for all the stakeholders and the impact of the 2010 emissions regulations on the heavy-duty truck industry. More than 30 panelists and speakers from U.S. governmental and commercial organizations will present, including senior representatives from Daimler Trucks North America, FedEx, the Department of Energy, American Petroleum Institute, California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Travel-Centers of America.
The DEFF '08 is designed to provide a platform for senior executives to share knowledge, strategy and experience in order to discuss the commercial issues surrounding the timely roll-out and sustainable business of the U.S. DEF infrastructure for heavy-duty diesel fleets. This independent forum will give decision makers the opportunity to meet and discuss the key issues surrounding the SCR truck markets and DEF supply in advance of the arrival of new heavy-duty diesel emissions regulations in 2010.
Integer, an emissions regulations advisor to many of the large truck manufacturers and equipment suppliers, has organized five meetings in Europe and China on the same topic since 2005. DEFF '08 is an entirely U.S.-focused event.
For more information and to register for the DEFF '08, go to www. integer-research.com/DEFF or contact Amy Woolmer, general manager, Industry Conferences for Integer Research at +44 20 7503 1265. E-mail at amy.woolmer@integer-research. com.