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Hexagon Composites’ wholly owned Norwegian subsidiary Hexagon Raufoss has been awarded a new contract from a leading US passenger car manufacturer for the supply of CNG high-pressure composite cylinders.
The contract, worth NOK 90 million over a 4 year period, will supply lightweight composite cylinders to a production plant in Latin America and will serve as fuel tanks for a popular compact passenger car model running on natural gas.
“With over 5 million natural gas vehicles on the road traditionally steel cylinders have been used for the after-market conversion of passenger cars in Latin America. With a large OEM introducing composite cylinders for the first time to its global vehicle platform in this market, the Latin American NGV market has opened up for Hexagon” says Director of Sales Frank Häberli.
Hexagon Raufoss claims their high pressure cylinder has a 70% lower weight compared to a steel cylinder and therefore allows the car manufacturer to compete with lower CO2 classification and higher fuel efficiency. Corrosion and fatigue become a thing of the past for fully composite type 4 cylinders. In consequence of avoiding the inconvenient and costly periodic retesting of the cylinder, the vehicle owner will achieve competitive life cycle cost as the major benefit.
Hexagon Raufoss already supplies composite CNG cylinders and delivers fuel cylinders to Daimler and GM models. The company has recently received an order from BRC Sweden to supply cylinders to the conversion of Ford Focus to run on natural gas or biogas conventional. The company is currently supplying BRC Sweden with cylinders to the conversion of Subaru. These additional volumes will lead to further efficiency gains in production and strengthen competitiveness.
“The leading design and technical performance of our products meeting the high quality standards of the automotive industry set the stage for further expansion into the global NGV markets”, states Ragnar Holthe, Managing Director Automotive at Hexagon Raufoss.
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