The idea came from our CEO Memo Sr. most of you probably have met him in person or talked to him on the phone. He is very involved in all aspects of the business and is always looking for ways to do better and helping others, from the employees to the community.
The original objective was to give a family friends’ son the opportunity to come work with us. He is currently a student in college who could benefit from real work experience. Being in a wheelchair has its challenges for him, but as a smart hard working individual, he was excited to give it a try. Before we realized it there were three more people who had family members who wanted to come in and work that day. Javier, Kayla, and Alvaro are all different with different special abilities and needs. What makes them exceptional is their willingness to grow and work.
Today is the first day of our pilot program, the main objective is to empower young adults with special abilities, and give them the tools to have real work experience in a welcoming environment.
To give Javier, Kayla, and Alvaro the opportunity to come work and learn about the manufacturing processes of Diesel Exhaust Fluid.
To empower young adults with special abilities, and give them the tools to have real work experience in a welcoming environment.
Setting up a safe working area to learn about DEF bottles and their packaging process . A set time frame of work will be defined to give the program structure and give both parties reliability.
We invite all of our current and new DEF customers to support this program with our packaged bottles of NOXGUARD DEF. If you see a bottle with a blue sticker indicating the bottle was in part put together by our team in the program, we encourage you to share it with everyone.
Here at Transliquid, we are extremely proud of Javier, Kayla, and Alvaro for coming in today and for showing us their determination!
It is an honor to receive the first-ever Logistics Award for DEF. We were presented with the award this past September 27th at the 10th Integer DEF Forum USA 2017 in San Antonio Texas.
The DEF Logistics Services Award recognized the organization within the DEF industry that has demonstrated positive change or progress within the DEF distribution process. This category covered all transportation methods by rail, road, and water.
We would like to thank all of our customers who firmly believe NOXGUARDs’ use of innovative technology and equipment; as well as our effective management approaches, have yielded positive outcomes for them.
Winning this award and being part of the top group of DEF companies in the U.S.A comes with high prestige. We will be working hard through 2018 to earn an award at next years ceremony.
We are less than 2 months away from the 2017 DEF Integer Forum which will be taking place in San Antonio Texas. For the first year ever, the DEF forum has been separated from the Emissions Summit. Every year Integer hosts an Emissions Summit and DEF Forum for three conference days. This year for the 2017 DEF Integer Forum, DEF will be getting three whole days of information rich programs and activities.
During those days, the following will take place:
Networking events with key players of the DEF market in the North America market
Presentations of the current market, and what we can expect for the future
DEF Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner – NEW
It looks like the 2017 DEF Integer Forum is the year for change. Integer is changing their conference style and adding more activities related to DEF. It is exciting to see these changes and additions to the program. The awards ceremony will be recognizing the best of the best throughout North America. The categories for the awards are :
Customer Service Award
Equipment Innovation Award
DEF quality and education award
DEF logistics services award
Integer industry choice award
Any company that works with DEF and DEF related equipment can win an award, provided they were nominated. The awards ceremony is new to the conference, therefore we do not know much about how things will be happening. It will be entertaining to see all the attendees at the gala dinner, a very different setting from the usual lunches and events.
NOXGUARD as a silver sponsor
For this 2017 DEF Integer Forum, NOXGUARD will be participating as a silver sponsor. Our President William (Memo) Berriochoa Sr. will be one of 10 speakers during the forum; he will be speaking about the developments in the Mexican DEF market. On day 2 of the conference, a special breakfast for attendees will also be hosted by NOXGUARD. As always we will be sharing all information regarding DEF issues and developments with our customers and readers. Stay tuned for updates.
Last Friday our Transliquid offices turned into a film set for a day. We have a new video coming soon this summer 2017! The whole cast of Transliquid Technologies will be featured in this short film.
We really enjoyed ourselves while filming this video. It was a great moment as we realized how far the company has come in the last 7 years. The growth has been incredible, with many new employees and a growing transportation department. We are very proud of Transliquid and sharing this video with our customers, vendors , familiy and friends is one way to show it. The video will encompass all areas of Transliquid and the DEF business. Here are some behind the scenes pictures of the shoot.
This segment of the blog series 2017 DEF Forecast, will focus on DEF equipment and other emission-reducing solutions. Along with the growth of DEF comes the need for DEF equipment. Dispensing and storage equipment for DEF are very important for this market, especially since it has such strict purity requirements. Manufacturers and distributors had to invest in a whole new line of equipment in order to sell the product. Equipment for DEF is still evolving and new and improved products are coming out every year.
DEF Equipment Solutions
In the beginning
The largest equipment manufacturers in Europe had plenty 0f experience with Diesel Exhaust Fluid and quickly started selling in the US. One of the first and key companies was Piusi, they have been offering DEF pumps for over 10 years and have sold thousands of units. Their product line for DEF equipment includes pumps for totes and drums, in both manual, AC and DC formats. Along with the pumps, they also offer nozzles, meter, and accessories for DEF.
Similar to Piusi, it’s German neighbor Tecalmit also distributed their German pumps to the U.S. Although with different technologies, they offered a similar line of products for DEF. In addition to DEF pumps they also offer storage and product handling solutions, such as the bulk dispensing systems for DEF.
GPI and BB pumps are two brands who were initially in the DEF equipment market, originally from the United States and Netherlands. These manufacturers are no longer in the DEF market and focus on other types of pumps.
The Future of DEF Equipment Solutions
DEF equipment has changed and evolved drastically, with new products and better technology. The original products are still available but now there is a wider selection of products. The main change in DEF equipment is the need to service the growing industries which are using the product. An example of this change was back in 2009 when the demand for access to DEF in a retail settings grew. Although bottles of DEF were easily distributed by truck stops countrywide, a need for bulk retail stations became imminent. Thus, creating a market for bulk retail systems specifically for DEF.
As the off-road market grows, new needs arise for the proper storage and transfer of DEF in off-road locations. A great piece of equipment which is fairly new is the DEF P.O.D.S (Portable Off-road Dispensing System). Equipped with an integrated tank and stainless steel D/C pump for keeping DEF at hand in remote areas.
Manual pumps or even D/C powered pumps can be inconvenient for the bulk transfer of product. The DEFMoto autonomous DEF transfer system is the latest for locations with no access to a power source. With a gasoline-powered engine that can pump up a true 50 GPM.
The Marine sector, as mentioned before is growing slowing in regards to DEF. Off shore use of DEF for different machinery, will need DEF equipment solutions. The conditions for transfer, storage and dispensing will be ever changing and evolving. The same goes for Industrial settings, Rail, and Agricultural markets. Here at Transliquid, we are constantly updating our equipment product lines to offer our customers the very best solutions to their needs. We custom build for those customers with a unique mix of conditions.
Emission Reducing Solutions- Whats new?
Emission reducing solutions have come a long way since goverment proposals have gone through to reduce emissions from heavy duty vehicles. Although we are very familiar with SCR systems, there is a newer company which created a different system to deliver ammonia to the SCR system. Their ASDS™ system works with a solid ammonia material (AdAmmine™), in conjunction with the SCR system. This system claims to work great in city driving heavy duty vehicles, such as city buses. The technology does not depend on ambient temperature to be fully functioning in emission reduction. So this solution would work great for heavy duty vehicles that operate in cities where temperatures drop below freezing.
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In this second part of the 2017 Diesel Exhaust Fluid Forecast, we will discuss the DEF Industry Evolution. If you are reading this you are probably already familiar with DEF and what it is. For those who are new and landed on this post please refer to our previous post, 2017 Diesel Exhaust Fluid Forecast (part 1) to our first blog back in 2010 We know DEF or to the FAQ page. DEF or AdBlue was first used for emission reduction in Europe. In the United States, the EPA set their standards in Tiers.
Because air pollution comes from many different sources both mobile and non-mobile sources. The EPA has separated them into categories to better set the standards. The two main classifications are mobile sources, such as cars and trucks and non-mobile sources such as power plants. Within the “mobile” sources of air pollution, there is further segmentation by vehicle type and weight or engine size. For each of the different categories, the EPA set tiered standards. Each tier would have a specific emission standard and would phase in over several years. Tier II would replace or add to Tier I with more stringent standards, and so on.
DEF is expected to be used by a growing number of applications other than on road vehicles. In the industrial and agricultural sectors, there will be tremendous growth.
On road vehicle usage of DEF will continue to grow. Standards will become more stringent to meet goals of NOx reduction, in the years to come. As regulations have evolved into the off-road sector, we will begin to see more users of DEF. The agriculture industry, for example, has had to adapt to meet the emissions requirements. Suppliers of farming equipment will need to find the best DEF systems for their specific market. This may include storage, dispensing and management systems for DEF. There will be challenges for the new players getting their feet wet with DEF and finding the best solutions to these challenges will be key.
The off-Highway applications of Diesel Exhaust Fluid are countless and include construction, mining, manufacturing, marine, and rail. Marine and Rail are two sectors who have not taken off completely and will be slow to move forward. They have their own set of categories and tiers set by the EPA, to help determine emission standards. We are currently in the last tier implementation for these two sectors, and the newest engines are already being manufactured.
Different industries will grow their Diesel Exhaust Fluid use but it is important to note, the concentrations levels of urea will also be increasing depending on the engine and use. Currently, 32.5% concentration is in high demand, but it is expected for 40% concentration to take a higher part of the pie. The DEF Industry will continue to evolve and before long every diesel engine in the country will meet the highest standards of emissions.
Having a better understanding of the DEF Industry and the internal and external factors that influence its pricing could assist you in making key decisions in your company. That is why in this blog titled 2017 Diesel Exhaust Fluid Forecast, I will outline some of these factors and general information in hopes that this information is useful for our readers. We will discuss topics such as DEF pricing, the DEF industry evolution, new DEF equipment solutions, other emission controlling technology and finally DEF usage in North America.
In this first part of the 2017 Diesel Exhaust Fluid Forecast, we will discuss DEF prices. Diesel Exhaust Fluid is composed of 32.5% urea and 67.5% DI Water. Urea is a commodity that is mainly used in the world as a fertilizer and is traded internationally as a commodity. In the case of DEF, we utilize an automotive grade Urea that is more a specialty than fertilizer urea but also is considered a commodity. Fertilizer Urea prices fluctuate based on the fertilizing seasons. In most countries of the northern hemisphere most crops are prepared and planted at the beginning of the year, thus, Urea is usually at a higher price then. When most of the crops are harvested and during the winter season, then the use of Urea drops and so does the price.
*Prices of automotive grade urea began low in 2016, therefore lowering the price of DEF. A brief rise in prices lasted only a couple of months. By the end of summer 2016, it plummeted to the lowest price ever seen since 2007. Fast forward to February 2017, prices of urea are a bit higher than the same time last year. We are already seeing a greater demand for DEF this year compared to last year. Add to this that fertilizer Urea is also rising, then DEF prices should follow. The tendency is on the upside.
Transliquid Technologies follows the DEF market very closely and adjusts its pricing up or down monthly. We do this in order to give our customers the leading edge when it comes to being competitive.
What is interesting for us, is the fact that even though the market of DEF varies monthly we continue to see the prices at the pump fairly stable and high. The large truck stop chains justify these high prices on the fact that they make large capital investments to provide DEF at the pump, but I want to throw this question out there, how long is this supposed to last? The price differential from our distributors to the pump pricing is significantly higher even though it is a commodity.