New Hexagon Lincoln Cylinders to Be Manufactured There Too
Agility Fuel Systems released details at ACT Expo about the 204,000-square-foot production facility it will open later this year in Salisbury, N.C. The plant, which will be Agility’s third, is strategically located north of Charlotte in close proximity to heavy duty truck and bus OEM assembly plants.
In addition to CNG fuel cylinder assemblies, the Salisbury facility will see production of new Type IV all-composite cylinders from Hexagon Lincoln, fruit of the joint venture announced at ACT Expo 2014 one year ago in California (F&F, May 6, 2014).
The new Hexagon Lincoln tanks are to be lighter in weight than the company’s current Tuffshell brand cylinders – and be available only through Agility.
A Vertically Integrated Facility
“The new facility will be the industry’s first vertically integrated natural gas fuel system production facility,” Agility said, “ensuring best in class products, quality, cost and lead times.”
“Meeting the growing demand for natural gas equipped trucks, this world class facility allows for an additional 100,000 square feet of expansion, ensuring future scalability.”
“Our new vertically integrated facility will enable improved logistics, guaranteed cylinder capacity to our customers, the highest standards of quality expected by OEMs, rapid product innovation and speed to market,” said Agility president and CEO Barry Engle.
“Agility’s investment in this facility demonstrates our deep commitment to the development and adoption of natural gas as a transportation fuel in the heavy duty vehicle industry,” Engle said.
“The company plans to invest $7.5 million in Salisbury,” the North Carolina Department of Commerce said in breaking news of the new Agility plant this past December.
In addition to the Hexagon Lincoln CNG cylinders, Agility’s new plant capabilities will include
- fabrication equipment for producing structures and covers;
- an in-house state of the art paint line “to guarantee the highest quality and finish consistent with truck and bus OEM requirements;”
- a fuel system assembly line designed for maximum flexibility in assembling different fuel system configurations for a wide range of customers and applications;
- multiple flow-through bays to maximize installation efficiency for a variety of vehicles and system configurations; and
- onsite fueling capability for both CNG and LNG systems.
“This plant will deliver the best quality fuel systems in the industry,” Agility said.
Salisbury is about 14 miles from the Freightliner factory in Cleveland, N.C. (F&F, February 10).
The next ACT Expo has been scheduled for May 2-5, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas