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DuraPlate AeroSkirt milestone is achieved

Dec. 1, 2013
DuraPlate AeroSkirt milestone is achieved

Wabash Composites, a division of Wabash National Corporation, 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 system improves fuel economy by up to 6% and provides a low total cost of ownership for fleet owners.

“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 US EPA SmartWay-approved DuraPlate AeroSkirt is a durable aerodynamic system 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 use, is also available for less-than-truckload and tank applications. In field tests, it reduced fuel consumption up to 5% in less-than-truckload carriers and up to 7% in tank trailers.

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