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With its breakthrough in diesel technology, Hidria takes the top of European innovation again

CLEPA - the European Association of Automotive Suppliers awarded Hidria the highest prize for its breakthrough innovation in the key category “Green Technologies” for its diesel engine cold start system with pressure sensor, Optymus Pressure Sensing System. This means that Hidria defeated the French Valeo which ranked second, and the German Bosch which ranked third; this additionally strengthens its status as one of the most innovative companies in Europe, acquired in 2013 in the context of the European Business Awards.

CLEPA awarded Hidria the gold prize for the best innovation, as its Optymus Pressure Sensing System sets a new milestone in the development of modern diesel engines. Innovation stands for the best quality, ambitions, it has a market value and a strong impact on the automotive industry. The Optymus system will help to drastically reduce the consumption of diesel fuel, and thus significantly contribute to the preservation of health and the environment. Namely, it will reduce emissions of harmful gases up to 30 percent. And modern diesel vehicles that will be on the market from 2018 on, will have an equally smaller fuel consumption.
For this recognition, Hidria also received the congratulations from the European Commissioner for mobility and transport Violeta Bulc, who, at this crucial moment for the Slovenian, European and global automotive industry, said: “The decarbonisation of the European traffic is one of our priority tasks. I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Hidria for their extraordinary achievements in this area, and for the CLEPA EU Innovation Award 2016 they received. Traffic is in dire need of such innovative technology. The recipient of today’s award will contribute to a significant decrease in CO2 emissions. I am proud that the innovation of a Slovenian company will have a significant impact on the higher competitiveness of the European automotive industry and the continued efforts to decarbonise the environment.”
Hidria already signed important strategic agreements with the world’s main automotive manufacturers to supply the Optymus system in the amount of over EUR 110 million. After 2018, Hidria’s system will be installed in at least every third diesel car. So in the coming years, 50 new employees will be employed at Hidria AET in Tolmin where Optymus PSG will be manufactured. In the same period, the Hidria corporation will invest EUR 26 million there for development and new solutions. “It is extremely important that we, in addition to top sports results, achieve also a comparable European and global success in the economy, and this globally breaking innovation surely is a global success for the Slovenian automotive industry and consequently also for Slovenia itself,” says the President of the corporation’s Management Board Dr Iztok Seljak.
In 2013, in the context of the international European Business Awards, Hidria already became the most innovative company in Europe, from a selection of 15,000 companies. The Optymus PSG system was also awarded the gold prize as the best innovation in Slovenia by the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce. The CLEPA award and the signed strategic agreements make Hidria and Tolmin a global epicentre for innovative solutions in the cold start of modern diesel engines. For Hidria, this means a clear recognition from all European automotive suppliers as a top company in breakthrough innovative solutions in Europe and in the world.
Namely, the CLEPA association joins over 130 major European and global automotive suppliers, for example  Bosch, Continental, Denso, Faurecia, Johnson Controls, Magna, Mahle, Valeo and many more. Globally, these produce the significant majority of technology solutions. They invest EUR 18 billion per year into research and development, and generate as much as EUR 600 billion of annual revenues. Their solutions comprise as much as 75% of the entire car and 80% of the added value of a manufactured vehicle.