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Engineering Team Behind First Mass-Produced Catalytic Converter Receives 2008 GlobalSpec Great Moments in Engineering Award

On Tuesday, October 21, the GlobalSpec Great Moments in Engineering Award was presented to a team of engineering, research, and development professionals from General Motors in honor of the 35th anniversary of the creation of the first catalytic converter emission control system for cars.

This small band of professionals from General Motors and its AC Spark Plug Division conceived, designed, led the assembly, created, and tested the world's first production-ready catalytic converter emission control system for vehicles. Their work paved the way for unleaded fuels becoming viable, ultimately resulting in significant health and economic benefits to hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.

Richard Klimisch, Ph.D., General Motors' first catalyst expert, accepted the award on behalf of the team. Alan Taub, executive director, GM Research & Development, and Robert Stempel, past GM chairman and one of the nominees, also addressed attendees. Read the full story.
 

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And there would be many people the world over that would have you believe GM hasn't innovated anything, that most of the innovation as come from Japan.

Anyone care to list other GM innovations?
 

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heh just the other day I was at the parts desk at the Buick dealer and I had to ask about the can of AC Converter Catalyst on top of the shelf
 
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