Transtex says the transaction represents an important strategic opportunity for the company as it fulfills its mission of providing customers with leading-edge solutions that maximize fuel savings.
The TopKit, which is EPA SmartWay verified and C.A.R.B. compliant, redirects air towards the rear of the trailer to reduce drag, and benefits dry vans, reefers and straight trucks with swing or rollup doors. LeadEdge improves the airflow between the truck and trailer or two tandem trailers, the company says.
“This strategic acquisition allows us to work even more closely with our customers to provide additional solutions that help them stay competitive,” says Mathieu Boivin, Transtex president and CEO.
“With these new aerodynamic assets in our bank of IP, we’ll create new synergies with our continuous investment in R&D. By leveraging our engineering expertise, we’ll develop new products and refine our solutions so these innovations can build on our long-term growth strategy,” Boivin says.
This asset purchase complements Transtex’s EDGE aerodynamics product line. For example, the new combination of EDGE Skirts and TopKit enables trailer manufacturers to certify their trailers under C.A.R.B.’s GHG Phase 2 Regulations in the U.S. and Canada, the company says.
“For years, the majority of today’s most-admired fleets chose to equip their trailers with either Transtex EDGE Skirts or SmartTruck Aero TopKits,” says Todd McGuire, vice president of sales, Transtex.
“This acquisition combines two respected industry innovators and will be beneficial to both fleet and trailer industry suppliers alike. Those looking to combine both technologies as a sole-source bundle can now take fuel efficiency, profitability and North American regulatory compliance to the next level in 2019 and beyond,” McGuire says.