Deal with Teijin for Some 10,000 Tanks over Five Years
For a New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle by a Japanese OEM
Worthington Industries said today that it’s expanding its operation in Pomona, Calif. behind a contract with Osaka’s Teijin Engineering for hydrogen fuel cylinders – two per vehicle and approximately 5,000 vehicles – for a new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle by a major Japanese OEM.
The exclusive agreement with Teijin is for cylinders for automobiles in the Japanese market in early 2016, and later in the U.S., Worthington says.
“Our proprietary design and manufacturing processes for hydrogen (H2) storage enabled us to be the first manufacturer of 10,000 PSI, Type 3 composite cylinders with UN-GRT heavy-duty testing approvals,” Wayne Powers, general manager of Worthington Industries’ alternative fuels business,” said in a release.
Long Experience with Teijin
“This agreement is for approximately 5,000 vehicles over the life of the five-year agreement, with two of our cylinders in each, and will require expanding the space and manufacturing capabilities in our Pomona, Calif. facility,” Powers said.
“Worthington has been doing business in Japan with Teijin Engineering for more than 20 years and is excited to be working with them on this latest project,” he added.
Beyond onboard cylinders for the fuel cell car, the pact with Teijin may lead to Worthington manufacturing of hydrogen vessels for stationary storage and tube trailers.
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