‘CNG Is a Great Solution for Transportation,
‘Marketplace Continues to Affirm this Position’
Hexagon Lincoln is talking up $15 million worth of recent new orders for its lightweight Type IV CNG cylinders. The firm is expanding production at its plant in Nebraska and says it will fulfill most of the new orders by year-end.
Separately, a limited number of the firm’s Type IV cylinders have been subject to a safety recall.
“It has always been the premise of Hexagon Composites that compressed natural gas is a great solution for transportation and storage of natural gas, and the marketplace continues to affirm this position,” states a release.
Engine technology is improving, the firm says, as is the infrastructure situation, with new fueling stations able to accommodate Class 8 truck fast-fills. “Most importantly,” states the release, “CNG prices are still the lowest available at the pump.”
Back-to-Back Expansions Will Quadruple Production
“When you consider unlimited hold times with no fuel loss, along with the ease in operation of CNG technology, it makes sense to see the market growth,” said Hexagon Lincoln CNG automotive products VP Chet Dawes says in the new orders announcement.
Hexagon Lincoln is working two expansion phases, both of which will double production. The second phase, announced last year as an investment of approximately 150 million Norwegian krone (nearly $25.2 million at current rates), is to be complete next year.
Recall of Smallest CNG Cylinders
Separately, Hexagon Lincoln late last month issued a safety notice affecting “a small number” of its tanks. They are also the smallest in the product line, says company president Jack Schimenti, who told F&F that fewer than 1,000 units are affected. Customers with those small cylinders have received notices advising them to have the tanks professionally purged, and in the meanwhile avoid parking in an enclosed area.
Hexagon will then replace the 14-by-35-inch cylinders.
“The resolution of this issue and replacement of the tanks will proceed as quickly as is prudent but may take up to six months,” Schimenti says in the safety bulletin.
“I sincerely apologize for this inconvenience,” he continued. “I understand the difficulty and disappointment that this action raises.
“However, although this safety concern has occurred in a small number of tanks, Hexagon Lincoln strongly believes in a conservative approach to ensure safety to all involved.”
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Source: Hexagon Lincoln with Fleets & Fuels follow-up