Eastern Catalytic, a Langhorne, Penn., manufacturer of catalytic converters and related emission control components, has made a substantial new investment in its R&D and testing programs. In addition to increasing its in-house capabilities, Eastern has also appointed emissions and catalytic technology expert, Rob Marino, as its director of testing and certification. Marino will head up Easterns R&D testing lab and product development department. The announcement was made by George Schafer, [resident of Eastern Manufacturing, who noted, Rob Marino comes to us with over 30 years experience in the engine emissions testing and control industry. With his knowledge and guidance and our new capabilities, well be able to bring new products to market faster and at a lower cost. Easterns newly expanded facility is capable of reproducing EPA and CARB emissions testing procedures such as the EPA-Federal Test Procedure (FTP-CVS-75), and will also enable testing for quality assurance and quality control processes, verifying vendor supplied products, and new product development.