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NEWS 33 CompositesWorld.com 5% insulation performance over the first two years, compared to 15-20% for the typical conventional liner. After 5 years, ermo- Guard's thermal degradation reportedly remains less than 15%, vs up to 30% for conventional materials. Other trailer OEMs are introducing composite technology in their reefer lines. Wabash National Corp. (Lafayette, IN, US) launched its Cold Chain truck body series with advanced molded structural composite (MSC) technology in 2016. MSC, which makes up the trailer's walls, floor and roof, consists of a high- efficiency foam core encapsulated in a fiber-reinforced polymer shell and protective gel coat. It is reported to boost thermal perfor- mance over conventional wall material by up to 28%, double puncture resistance and reduce weight by up to 20%. (Note that, though Wabash refers to its well-known DuraPlate product as a composite, it is a metal/neat resin sandwich structure with no fiber reinforcement. Trailer makers also use the term "composite" to describe a construction of van walls, without necessarily meaning that fiber-reinforced polymers are used.) e 2016 Cold Chain truck body is a smaller (14-26-ft) refriger- ated unit that mounts directly on the chassis. About 100 of these Boosting thermal performance Wabash launched its Cold Chain reefer line, which employs the company's molded structural composite (MSC) technology, in 2016 with a smaller truck body unit. The full 53-ft trailer is moving into product launch at this writing. Source | Wabash National Trucks, Trailers, Composites

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