Composite Swaps have arrived!

September 2015

07 September 2015

Tankwell Press release

Tankwell, a Composite Production Technology brand (CPT), has developed a composite swap body type tank container. 

Using patented manufacturing processes the stainless steel vessel has been replaced with a one piece filament wound fibre reinforced vessel.

The product has been under development for a number of years, fine tuning the choice of materials and methods of manufacture. In January of 2015 the prototype passed all statutory tests to obtain ADR / RID approval and offers test pressures up to 4 bar.

Key advantages of the concept are weight reduction of over 40% and greatly improved thermal performance when compared to the equivalent stainless steel type. The tare weight allows the payload of a 31000 litre unit to increase to over 36000kg (where permitted).

Launching customers are putting the first production units through their paces after close consultation with their clients to establish a consensus on the use of the new product.

It is expected further benefits in the use of the new product will be realized as the use becomes more widespread.

The frame, made of conventionally used materials, was developed with Flax Field Europe in the Netherlands who have a wealth of experience in the tank container industry. Stainless steel valves and traditional materials have been adopted for ease of maintenance and availability of spare parts.

The choice of the resin allows a wide range of products to be transported and is supported by the expertise and experience of the global producer.

The Tankwell sales and marketing will handled by Flax Field Europe located on the premier tank service facility in Europoort with the additional benefits of having a full service facility at the their disposal.