Last week, Jack Schimenti, President of Hexagon Lincoln, along with Silvana Cusati, Director of Sales of the company’s Gas Distribution Division, visited NGV Communications Group headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and had a large and exclusive conversation with NGVJournal.com. Schimenti provided a comprehensive view on natural gas vehicle market primarily in the United States but also had the opportunity to describe some scenarios outside that region.
Hexagon Composites is divided in two different business segments: low-pressure LPG type 4 cylinders area from sister company Hexagon Ragasco and then the high-pressure CNG and hydrogen cylinders area, mobile pipeline transportation solutions. “In October last year we acquired MasterWorks and now we have the capability of doing composite components for other industries which are not within the CNG and hydrogen environment,” Schimenti explained.
The company has a unique process that allows them to produce extremely small cylinders in the 10 to 20 liter range all the way up to the TITAN™ mobile pipeline solution, which is in the 8,500 liter technology. Moreover, the Group has the world’s largest capacity when it comes to Type 4 technology, taking into account the Lincoln facility and Norway’s Hexagon Raufoss capability.
“What we are seeing in North America for our Type 4 product is that there is a large market for it. Larger customers are still very active and smaller ones are having a difficult time at this point with the oil prices being where they are,” Hexagon Lincoln president pointed out. The most notable joint venture the company has formed in the region is with Agility Fuel Systems in Santa Ana, California. This extremely attractive relationship -said Schimenti- result in an important business opportunity in the east coast of the U.S. to support the heavy-duty Class 8 over-the-road truck industry.
“It is a very interesting time right now relative to natural gas vehicles opportunities in North America. We see there is still a strong interest. The refuse industry has certainly made a major change within the United States,” stressed the executive, and then added that the activity associated with Class 8 over-the-road trucks is still strong but at the same time interested in infrastructure reaction, the price differential between natural gas and diesel and engine technology enhancements.
You will find the full interview with Jack Schimenti in the next issue of NGVJournal.us magazine, June edition.