In a first for the North American market, Australian advanced composite manufacturer Omni Tanker and its US partner MAC Liquid Tank Trailer (MAC LTT) have launched their innovative carbon composite tank trailer (also known as a CTMV or road tanker).
Designed for use in the transport of highly corrosive liquids, such as acids and bleach, Omni Tanker’s carbon composite tanks are underpinned by high-quality trailers, designed and engineered in the USA by Ohio-based MAC LTT – which will also act as the sales agent via their dealer network.
The novel, patented, composite technology addresses many of the limitations of traditional rubber-lined steel and fibreglass tanker solutions by combining a completely seamless thermoplastic interior with a high- strength carbon fibre exterior.
Daniel Rodgers, CEO of Omni Tanker said the collaboration – which underscores 10 years of research and development by Omni Tanker – resulted in a product which has a higher resistance to chemical attack and is stronger, lighter and easier to clean than traditional road tankers.
“Our team is focussed on the development and manufacture of cargo tank equipment to optimise the safety and productivity of chemical transport,” Mr Rodgers said.
“With our revolutionary composite solution, we have seen significant gains in the efficiency of chemical haulage in Australia and internationally, particularly for the challenging Chlor-alkali liquids.”
“A major goal has been to take the technology to the North American chemical haulage market and, with assistance from the Australian Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) and North American Transport Consultants (NATC), we have been able to develop and certify the Omni cargo tank, and forge a collaborative partnership with MAC LTT to launch the Omni Tanker by MAC LTT.”
Matt Niemeier, Vice President of MAC LTT, said they were thoroughly impressed and immediately interested in the prospect of collaborating with Omni Tanker once they saw the company’s innovative solution.
“It was immediately evident that their innovative design is a technological leap forward in the transport of aggressive chemicals,” Mr Niemeyer continued.
“Combined with the MAC LTT manufacturing processes, Omni Tanker will improve the safety, efficiency and versatility of North American freight operators.”
The first Omni Tanker by MAC LTT units will hit American highways with Brenntag North America and All Chemical Transport as its first operators.