Goes to ACT Expo Diversified, But as a Bigger Cylinder Maker Too
Luxfer’s message for ACT Expo in Southern California next week? “We now make more than just cylinders,” says business development director Mark Lawday. But Luxfer goes to ACT Expo 2014 as a much larger CNG cylinder manufacturer too. The firm has three plants in North America now, one of which is for making a new line of Type IV all-composite CNG tanks.
Luxfer is marketing its new Type IV CNG cylinders as G-Stor Go. Its Type IIIs are offered under the name introduced last year, G-Stor Pro.
The initial G-Stor Go Type IV tanks are 22 inches in diameter, with 26 inches in diameter for Class 8 truck applications in development.
Type III CNG cylinders have metal liners, almost always aluminum, with a full high strength fiber overwrap, almost always carbon, often with glass fiber for impact resistance. Type IV tanks, aka all-composite, have polymeric liners and a full high strength fiber overwrap.
‘Hit the Ground Running’
Luxfer will manufacture its G-Stor Go Type IV tanks at the former Vexxel Composites in Brigham City, Utah (F&F, March 25) – where the production capacity is 4,000 cylinders per year. Luxfer will apply its own designs.
“We purchased Vexxel so we could hit the ground running with Type IV production, Lawday told F&F.
G-Stor Pro Type IIIs will continue to be produced in Riverside, Calif. and at the Calgary facility acquired which Luxfer took over Canada’s Dynetek Industries in September 2012. The Dynetek acquisition also brought the Dynecell line of hydrogen fuel tanks (and a Type III cylinder factory in Germany).
No Plans for Fuel Cylinder Arrays
Beyond the fuel cylinder, at ACT Expo Luxfer will show a new quarter-turn valve for bulk CNG transport applications – like the products it offers through the Luxfer-GTM Technologies joint venture (F&F, April 27) – a glass bulb pressure relief device (PRD), a solenoid valve for both 5,000- and 10,000-psi hydrogen tanks, and expansion-compensating neck blocks and mounting straps for the new Type IVs.
Luxfer has no plans to expand to onboard CNG cylinder assemblies, as offered by companies like Agility Fuel Systems and Trilogy Engineered Systems, which has carved out an initial niche with Kenworth (F&F, March 4).
Next Week for ACT Expo
“We are dedicated to supporting people like Agility and Trilogy in the marketplace,” Lawday says.
ACT Expo – North America’s largest clean vehicles event – takes place May 5-8 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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Source: Luxfer interview with Fleets & Fuels