Many congratulations to the San Luis Potosí, Fuldabrück and Global Engineering teams for completing the installation of a new Multi-Layer Extrusion Line at our San Luis Potosí, Mexico plant.
The project began in Q1 last year, so its completion in May this year has been a long time in the making. The new machine will support production of fuel and coolant lines, giving us the capability to produce these products locally in Mexico. The machine is truly state of the art and will be able to produce up to six different layers of plastic.
Not only is this an important milestone in our localization initiative, it will also give the business a competitive advantage in the future, as Stefan Rau, Executive Vice President FCS, explains:
“The completion of this project is very important in the execution of our strategy. Thank you to everyone involved for all of your hard work. Next, we are to install a corrugated tube line in SLP, with the project set to finish next year.
“After this installation, we will add one high speed MLT line so that we can stop MLT production in Marysville. Having the MLT capacity and capabilities in Mexico, where we have the majority of our plastic system plant business, is absolutely essential, and we are making great strides towards our goal.”
On 24th and 25th May, several members of the TI Fluid Systems team attended the 2022 tank.tech Conference in Fürstenfeldbruck, near Munich. The biennial event sees representatives from vehicle, supplier and mineral oil industries meet to discuss current technologies and innovations in the field of fuel, SCR and water injection systems, as well as to exchange experiences.
The agenda for the event was diverse, with a wide array of topics up for discussion. Those present at the conference looked at the challenges presented to storage systems by the transformation of propulsion systems, future automotive trends, expectations towards fluid and energy systems, solutions for tank system technologies, current and future manufacturing methods for fluid storage systems, development methodologies, functionalities for storage systems, and infrastructure for energy and fluid storage and distribution.
Among our representatives was Martin Stickel, who took on a role within the event’s committee. Martin chaired the event’s opening day discussion on e-fuels and biofuels, and the impacts that these have on fluid and energy storage systems. Moez Haouala gave a thought-provoking presentation on how PHEV tank systems have evolved towards cost efficiency.
On the success of the event, Martin Stickel commented: “It is essential that we, as a business, continue to liaise with like-minded organisations to develop our product offering. The tank.tech conference is an excellent opportunity to hear from our peers every two years and discover how they have dealt with the same challenges that we are facing. The 2022 event focused on alternative energies, the environment and sustainability and was certainly a success from this perspective. We have now attended 13 iterations of the event, and we are looking forward to returning in 2024.”