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Mack, Volvo team up with Terra Industries for DEF supplies

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. -- Both Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks Inc. have named Terra Environmental Technolog...

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. — Both Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks Inc. have named Terra Environmental Technologies (TET) its preferred supplier of the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). TET supplies DEF under the brand name TerraCair Ultrapure DEF.


Both firms use DEF in their Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions control systems. SCR is an exhaust aftertreatment system that allows the manufacturers to achieve the near-zero emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) required by US Environmental Protection Agency regulations, which take effect in January 2010.


“Volvo’s agreement with TET is yet another step in the establishment of a comprehensive and convenient distribution network to make DEF as readily available as diesel,” said Scott Kress, Volvo’s senior vice-president of sales and marketing. “Under this agreement, TET, with its distribution partners, will supply Volvo’s dealer network with retail-sized containers of TerraCair DEF. It will also be the factory fill for all Volvo trucks built at our New River Valley Plant. This agreement assures Volvo customers a reliable supply of ultrapure DEF manufactured to the strictest quality standards.

“We know that SCR works, and now with TET onboard, we’re more certain than ever that DEF will be available when and where our customers need it,” said Dennis Slagle, Mack president and CEO. “Terra is a leading North American producer of DEF, with the demonstrated ability to establish a comprehensive supply chain.  The business case for such an infrastructure is certainly there, with nearly all heavy- and medium-duty trucks, and more and more light trucks and passenger cars, utilizing SCR.”


Officials say the TerraCair DEF is a “safe, simple, ultrapure solution of water and urea, which can be handled as easily as windshield washer fluid or engine coolant.”

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