Wabash Composites Produces 100,000th DuraPlate® AeroSkirt®
Company continues to innovate and expand its trailer aerodynamics offerings
LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Nov. 19, 2013 – Wabash Composites, a division of Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC), today announced it has produced its 100,000th DuraPlate® AeroSkirt®.
Wabash National developed the DuraPlate AeroSkirt in 2009 to address customers’ needs for improved fuel economy. The innovative aerodynamic solution improves fuel economy by up to 6 percent and provides a low total cost of ownership for fleet owners.
“This week our company reached a noteworthy milestone,” said James Scarcelli, vice president and general manager, Wabash Composites. “Achieving this milestone in fewer than five years is further evidence of our leadership in trailer aerodynamics and reflects how this expertise translates into aerodynamic products that provide the greatest combination of durability and fuel efficiency.”
The EPA SmartWay® approved DuraPlate AeroSkirt is the most durable aerodynamic solution for over-the-road trailers. Its proven structural composite material, DuraPlate, consists of two external steel skins thermally bonded to a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) core, for superior strength that resists damage. A proprietary spring-bracket design allows for inboard and outboard deflection, to further resist potential impact damage, leading to longer service life.
The DuraPlate AeroSkirt, originally designed for truckload applications, is also available for less-than-truckload and tank applications. In field tests, it reduced fuel consumption up to 5 percent in less-than-truckload carriers and up to 7 percent in tank trailers.
Customers can learn more about the DuraPlate Aeroskirt at (765) 418-0197.
About Wabash Composites
Wabash Composites brings creativity, collaboration, and innovation to new solutions through a discovery-driven approach that capitalizes on Wabash National’s engineering expertise and technology. The business develops new products and researches markets that can benefit from the proven performance of its DuraPlate® composite panels, including aerodynamic truck accessories, portable storage units, temporary shelters and more. Learn more at www.wabashcomposites.com.
About Wabash National Corporation
Headquartered in Lafayette, Ind., Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) is a diversified industrial manufacturer and North America’s leading producer of semi trailers and liquid transportation systems. Established in 1985, the company specializes in the design and production of dry freight vans, refrigerated vans, platform trailers, intermodal equipment, liquid tank trailers, frac tanks, engineered products, and composite products. Wabash National’s operations are largely organized under three wholly owned subsidiaries: Transcraft Corporation, Walker Group Holdings LLC and Wabash National Trailer Centers, Inc. Its innovative products are sold under the following brand names: Wabash National®, Transcraft®, Benson®, DuraPlate®, ArcticLite®, Walker Transport, Walker Stainless Equipment, Walker Defense Group, Walker Barrier Systems, Walker Engineered Products, Brenner® Tank, Beall ®, Garsite, Progress Tank, TST®, Bulk Tank International and Extract Technology®. Visit www.wabashnational.com to learn more.
Headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana, Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) is a diversified industrial manufacturer and North America’s leading producer of semi-trailers and liquid transportation systems. Established in 1985, the company manufactures a diverse range of products including: dry freight and refrigerated trailers, platform trailers, bulk tank trailers, dry and refrigerated truck bodies, truck-mounted tanks, intermodal equipment, aircraft refueling equipment, structural composite panels and products, trailer aerodynamic solutions, and specialty food grade and pharmaceutical equipment. Its innovative products are sold under the following brand names: Wabash National®, Beall®, Benson®, Brenner® Tank, Bulk Tank International, DuraPlate®, Extract Technology®, Garsite, Progress Tank, Transcraft®, Walker Barrier Systems, Walker Engineered Products, and Walker Transport. Visit www.wabashnational.com to learn more.