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Kolkata, March 11

THE European Association of Internal Combustion Engine Manufacturers (Euromot) has urged decision makers in New Delhi to align diesel emission regulations closer to the European standard. It said that a uniform emission regulation is beneficial for diesel engine manufacturers both in India and Europe.

Among other things, India will stand to gain by increasing its diesel engine exports to European countries which, on their part, will be encouraged to outsource diesel engines from India, to be used by the road, non-road and marine industries. In fact, there are three separate sets of regulations, framed by the US, European Commission and Japan, being followed by diesel engine manufactures in the world. Euromot has also initiated moves to align all the three regulations so that diesel engine manufacturers globally can produce engines based on a uniform international diesel emission standard.

An 18-member delegation from Euromot recently visited India to create awareness among engine makers about the usefulness of a uniform diesel emission regulation. The delegation visited Ashok Leyland's Hosur plant, the Simpson engine factory in Chennai, Automotive Research Association of India's new technical centre in Mansear, and AVL India Pvt's plant in Gurgaon.

The director at the Indian office of Euromot, Mr Rajesh Nath, said here that the association was working at the regulatory level with legislators in Europe and with worldwide international trade associations in the non-road and marine industries sector, certification authorities, standardisation bodies and engineering companies.

The off-road engines find application in agriculture, construction, mining machinery, gen-sets, pumps, compressors, locomotives, power plants, water vessels.

Mr Nath said his visit provided a platform for exchange of views on the latest developments in engine emission legislation in India and Europe. It also paved the way for closer co-operation and exchange of information between Euromot and the Indian Diesel Engine Manufacturers' Association. He added that the Euromot delegation was impressed with the progress made in engine emission laws and engine production facilities in India.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 12, 2005)
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