As interest in alternative fuel vehicles grows, so does the need for alternative fuel vehicle metal fabrication services. Alternative fuel vehicles, powered by Liquefied Propane Gas (LPG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), are still in their infancy, but it is a growing and sizeable market. Industry experts say that as of 2014, there were about 17 million light-duty and about 1.5 million heavy-duty natural gas powered vehicles on the road across the globe.
Wiley Metal is taking a lead in the production of precision metal fabrication for several of these alternative fuel vehicle manufacturers. One is said to engineer the world’s most advanced natural gas engines and vehicles. While we are not at liberty to discuss all the specifics related to these particular companies, we do want to share some general thoughts about our abilities to work in this sector. We want to take some time and explain how we have worked to place ourselves in the position as a leader in alternative fuel metal fabrication expertise.
This growing industry has some unique and challenging aspects. There are some very small innovative companies entering the sector and there are some large players in the industry. We are pleased to be working closing alongside several of these companies, helping to shape the very industry itself.
In this first of a series of four articles discussing this interesting sector, we want to share the importance of support and sustainability. For example, one alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer we work with was specifically looking for suppliers that could support new product introduction from the concept and prototype stage, to the pilot stage and on to full scale production. They needed suppliers who could support them with assistance in design, development, and in evaluation. These are just the type of services we provide manufacturers in other areas of manufacturing. Their desires fit our personality and business profile. We were a “natural” so to speak.
Because alternative fuel vehicle manufacturers are an emerging industry, they are under some pretty stringent guidelines. This too, has never been a problem for our Wiley Metal team. Our precision engineering and metal fabrication processes were practically made for this sector.
When working with these alternative fuel vehicle manufacturers it very quickly became apparent that there were four essential components of alternative fuel metal fabrication. These include certification, high precision, quality and communication and support. In our next article, we will discuss these four critical areas in detail and explain how Wiley Metal has risen to fill them.