New Agility Hexagon, LLC Plans Production Facility in Eastern U.S.
For Both New ‘Differentiated’ Cylinders & Their Vehicle Assemblies
Hexagon Lincoln and Agility Fuel Systems have taken the occasion of ACT Expo 2014 to announce a new joint venture for compressed natural gas fueling systems.
Hexagon Lincoln is the leading manufacturer of Type IV all-composite CNG tanks, with an expanding factory in Lincoln, Neb. Agility is the leading builder of CNG cylinder assemblies for heavy duty vehicles, with a facility in Santa Ana, Calif.
“The companies will leverage their combined technical and R&D expertise to better integrate cylinder/system designs and bring to market a new, differentiated cylinder available exclusively on Agility fuel systems,” states today’s release.
New Factory in the East for Tanks and Vehicle Arrays
The firms have committed too “to build a dedicated cylinder production facility that will be co-located with a new fuel system assembly operation to be built by Agility.”
The new Agility Hexagon, LLC tank manufacturing and tank assembly production facility “is intended to be located in the eastern U.S., close to OEM and fleet customers who operate there.
“This facility will complement Agility and Hexagon’s already state-of-the-art manufacturing and provide customers with the industry’s best economies of scale, logistical costs and response times,” the firms say.
‘Combined Capacity, Production and Purchasing Efficiencies’
“We see today’s announcement as a positive development for all of our customers and for the industry in general,” Hexagon Lincoln president Jack Schimenti said in the joint announcement.
“Through the joint venture we will be able to better meet Agility’s specific needs, while continuing to supply all of our existing customers with the outstanding products and services they’ve come to expect from us,” Schimenti said. “The combined capacity, production and purchasing efficiencies will simply be unmatched by anyone in the industry.”
“The Agility Hexagon joint venture ensures that in a rapidly growing market we will always have sufficient cylinder capacity to meet our customers’ needs,” said Agility CEO Barry Engle. “It helps us bring product innovations to market even more quickly and maximizes operational efficiencies. We see this integration as a logical next step in our evolution and are pleased to take our partnership with Hexagon Lincoln to the next level.”
New 155-DGE Agility Assembly Unveiled Too
Yesterday at ACT Expo, Agility unveiled a new 155-diesel gallon equivalent back-of-cab cylinder array – using Hexagon Lincoln Type IVs – on a Freightliner Cascadia operated by Saddle Creek.
The new array has four 26-inch-by-80-inch tanks and as such “delivers the best packaging of any CNG system in the industry,” Agility says, “weighing only 2,550 pounds and requiring only 31 ¼ inches of valuable frame rail space.”
“Depending on the application,” the new product announcement continues, “this system will be able to deliver a range of approximately 600 miles before refueling, and establishes it as the industry’s best DGE per inch of frame rail.
Act Expo 2014 Runs Through Thursday
“Besides its outstanding capacity as a stand-alone system, it can be packaged with up 120 DGE of side mounted systems for a whopping 275 DGE, delivering an unparalleled driving range in excess of 1,100 miles.” The new Agility array includes an integrated fuel management module allowing both fast and timed-fill fueling, as well as “an easy to read high-pressure gauge for accurate filling and fuel pressure delivery to the engine.”
ACT Expo – North America’s largest clean vehicles event – runs through Thursday, May 8 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. It is co-located with NGV Global 2014, the world natural gas vehicles meeting.
The Alternative Clean Technology Expo & Conference is organized by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.
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