ATLANTA — FlowBelow Aero announced that its Tractor AeroKit system will be offered as a factory-installed option on a fuel-efficiency package on International LT Series trucks starting this spring and also that it is looking to expand its presence in the trailer market.
“We now have another OEM offering our product at the factory,” Gordon Virginski, vice president of OEM and dealer programs at FlowBelow, told Transport Topics after the company’s March 17 press conference at American Trucking Associations’ 2019 Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting.
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The Texas-based supplier of aerodynamic products said the kit also will be available from the factory as a stand-alone option on the LT and International’s RH Series trucks. Navistar International Corp. produces International trucks.
In October, International announced that FlowBelow wheel covers were included as part of a fuel-economy package for the LT Series that also included chassis skirts, a roof fairing, cab extenders and an optional bumper valance. With the addition of the new AeroKit system, the truck will offer an updated package that includes everything from the earlier kit as well as predictive cruise control, FlowBelow said.
FlowBelow's Tractor AeroKit will be offered as a factory-installed option for International LT Series trucks. (FlowBelow)
FlowBelow also is looking to grow its presence in the trailer market, Virginski said
“We’re expanding our business further,” he said.
For example, FlowBelow earned SmartWay verification for its AeroSlider Stage 2 product last year. “We had a Stage 1 and Stage 2 product,” Virginski said. “Our Stage 1 had an increase of 1.37% fuel economy, and our Stage 2 is 2.07%.”
Currently, trailer manufacturer Strick offers FlowBelow products as a factory option, he said. “We’re going to continue to have further discussions with other trailer OEMs,” he said.
The company also is working with trailer dealers, he added.