Responding to the continued growth in demand for fuel tanks that meet stringent clean air standards, Walbro is once again increasing the size of its multilayer fuel tank production facility, this time with a 30,000 square foot warehouse expansion.
“We have now completed the second expansion of this facility since 2012,” says Christopher Quick, Walbro Vice President Recreation and Marine/Fuel Systems. “This additional warehouse space opens up more room on the manufacturing floor to accommodate the operations required for manufacturing and assembly of integrated tank systems for gasoline, diesel and diesel emission fluid applications.
“Our customers are looking to Walbro for complete solutions. This expansion significantly increases our systems production capability, allows us to respond rapidly to increases in customer demand, and positions Walbro to offer system solutions to new markets and customers,” Quick adds.
The continued success of Walbro’s fuel tank designs is based on the use of multilayer co-extrusion technology. The non-metallic tank’s six-layer construction includes a vapor barrier that effectively contains hydrocarbon emissions, allowing it to meet stringent evaporative emissions standards. This technology continues to be one of the most cost effective and durable solutions available, especially considering useful life requirements and the increasing use of ethanol in base fuels.
In fact, the effectiveness, production repeatability and durability of multi-layer tank technology allows US EPA tank family certification, and the California ARB waives extensive, costly tank testing requirements for manufacturers that use Walbro multilayer fuel tanks in their products.
Walbro offers extensive systems capabilities beyond the tank. Walbro provides an integrated tank system, including a Walbro fuel pump and flange assembly, filtration, rollover valve and internal hoses, resulting in lower assembly and shipping costs. As a full service supplier, Walbro serves as a single source capable of integrated design, engineering, validation and production of fully assembled and tested systems ready for fast and efficient installation on the factory floor.
“As we expand, we continue to invest in flexible, quick changeover manufacturing systems to efficiently deliver the low to medium production volumes required by our customers,” Quick says. “Our dedication to ensuring flawless launches and top performance in quality and delivery is working. We are proud that Walbro is recognized as a preferred supplier by many of our world-class customers.”