The portable fuel transfer industry has undergone considerable changes over the past 15 years, and is poised for continued changes during the years ahead.
Current Industry Issues
With the advent of plastic containers and an industry compulsion to produce fuel containers at the least possible cost, not only has the industry trend produced products that emit considerable air pollution, these products are limited in functionality, durability, and performance.
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Spillage is common and nearly unavoidable when using portable fuel containers (PFC). In fact, every day, thousands of gallons of gasoline are spilled, splashed and dripped by consumers using PFCs, resulting in frustration, mess, odour, and wasted money. Furthermore, the widespread use of substandard gas containers across North America has resulted in numerous gas-related accidents, fires, injuries, and deaths every year, not to mention millions of dollars in property damage. Some manufacturers have attempted to reduce spillage through the introduction of spouts used in conjunction with PFCs, but these lack the quality and features required to make portable refueling an easy and safe process. For these reasons, consumers continue to look for new and innovative designs that will combine the functionality, environmental, safety, and performance features they want and demand.
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Consumers are also generally dissatisfied with portable refueling systems (PRS). Because these products tend to be large (greater than 10 gallons), consumers find them heavy to lift and difficult to use, transport, and maneuver. The main drawbacks rest partially with the size, shape, and configuration of these products, as many require lifting to refuel, use hoses and nozzles of low quality, perform poorly, and do not include the environmental and safety standards required of certified products. Some manufacturers have designed PRSs equipped with a hose and nozzle that rely on the dispensing process as compared to pouring. These products have not been met with consumer acceptance and have been plagued with difficulty in passing environmental regulations.
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The environmental impact of the widespread use of fossil fuels, including their storage and transport, has become an issue not only with the general public, but, as well, with government regulatory bodies and environmental organizations that have stepped forward to regulate how gas containers are constructed and manufactured.
Agencies considered as leaders in enforcing environmental practices in North America, namely the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have both, over the past several years, adopted stringent air pollution control regulations in hopes that manufacturers would develop environmentally friendly products addressing pollution concerns and improving consumer acceptance. To date, however, poorly redesigned and difficult to use PFCs and Portable Refueling Systems (PRS) have often amplified the problem, requiring the regulations to be either revised, or revoked.
While industry and consumers alike have accepted that the refueling process is an unpleasant, wasteful, environmentally harmful and potentially hazardous experience, all recognize that the fuel transfer industry must change and offer solutions to meet consumer demands, satisfy safety requirements, and address environmental concerns.
FTT embraces consumer demands and the environmental regulatory movement currently focused on fuel transfer products. Putting forth every effort to set a higher standard in the portable refueling industry, the Company has engineered innovative technologies and product designs that virtually eliminate accidental gas spills and greatly reduce dangerous gas fumes and emissions, while being the most user-friendly and convenient option offered to consumers to date.
With superior design and performance, and incorporating FTT’s patented Intelligent™ Technologies, which offer, for the first time, active spillage control features and active vapour recovery features, FTT anticipates its products, which meet and in some cases exceed environmental and safety standards, will reshape the fuel transfer industry by providing innovative solutions for a cleaner, safer refueling experience.