LONGVIEW, Texas — STEMCO, a manufacturer of heavy-duty components and solutions for commercial vehicles, said the company had reached a milestone with the sale of 50,000 TrailerTail rear tail trailer fairings.
In addition, the Quebec government has given the OK to deploy the fairings in that province.
TrailerTail uses patented aerodynamic technology that increases fuel efficiency by an average of 5.5 percent and improves stability and visibility for drivers, according to Bob Montgomery, vice president of the STEMCO Innovative Tire & Mileage Solutions group.
Montgomery noted that TrailerTail technology streamlines the airflow around a tractor-trailer and mitigates the low-pressure suction drag that reduces fuel efficiency and creates turbulence.
Every TrailerTail-equipped tractor-trailer offsets the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions of one passenger vehicle, he said.
In late 2015, STEMCO's new TrailerTail production facility in Longview, Texas, came online to help the company keep pace with record-breaking demand for its aerodynamic components.
In 2015 alone, the company sold more than 13,000 units to over 450 customers, equating to more than 9 million gallons of combined fuel savings — or approximately $18 million.
“We saw tremendous demand for the TrailerTail in 2015, even with lower fuel prices,” Montgomery said. “As the price of diesel begins to creep back up, and fleets begin to put a greater focus on fuel and energy savings, we expect to see even higher sales of aerodynamic solutions like the TrailerTail.”
Demand for the TrailerTail is expected to increase in 2016 in the U.S., as well as in Canada where Quebec Transport Minister Jacques Daoust recently signed a decree approving the use of foldable aerodynamic fairings in the province.
Prior to the decree, which was posted in the March 23 edition of The Canada Gazette, drivers were required to close TrailerTail devices while driving in the province.
The decree went into effect as of April 15.
With offices and manufacturing facilities in Texas, Georgia, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Canada, Australia, China and Mexico, STEMCO is a provider of technology and manufacture of commercial vehicle wheel end, braking and suspension components, as well as innovative tire & mileage solutions.
For more information, visit www.stemco.com.
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