Looks like they will be selling OEM and aftermarket.
Orbital aims to freshen LPG's image
Gas gains: Manufacturers such as Ford will swing to sequential liquid LPG
injection, according to supplier Orbital.
Next-gen liquid-injection 'will improve performance, cost of going with LPG'
By IAN PORTER 19 June 2009
AUSTRALIA'S Orbital Corporation has set out to transform the image of LPG in the
minds of car drivers in a bid to broaden the fuel's market penetration from the
current five per cent.
Orbital recently became a leading player in the field when it acquired the LPG
operations of Boral group, because directors could see the potential for gas to
replace petrol and diesel as oil becomes scarcer in coming years.
Included in the Boral business is a contract for the supply of the hardware that
for Ford's big-selling E-Gas Falcon, which comprises about 20 per cent of Falcon
volumes and is popular with fleet operators.
Orbital Gas Products managing director Tony Fitzgerald told a Society of
Automotive Engineers (SAE) seminar on gaseous fuels in Melbourne this week that
the next generation of liquid LPG systems would offer a significant advance.
He said Orbital would adopt sequential liquid injection and sequential vapour
systems in place of the traditional fumigator system, which releases gas in the
inlet port. The aim is to make using gas as easy as using petrol, with no
noticeable change in driving characteristics.
"Sequential systems (which release fuel only when the inlet port is open) will
appear in many forms, from the car-makers as original equipment in dedicated or
bi-fuel form, for after-OE installation in bi-fuel systems and as retro-fit for
Euro III and Euro IV compliance.
Left: Orbital Gas Products's Tony Fitzgerald.
"There is a wide range of quality in the LPG market at the moment, and it is
important Orbital introduces very high quality products."
Mr Fitzgerald said he believed the emphasis would swing away from retro-fit
market to a situation where most LPG vehicles would be built by the car-makers.
The manufacturers would be able to optimise fuel settings and emissions
calibrations, although Mr Fitzgerald said Orbital would strive to achieve
standardisation of its own after-market kits.
"We will conduct an extensive calibration program so that there will be no need
for installers to make final adjustments. That will also assist in achieving our
aim of matching the driveability of a car on unleaded petrol."
Mr Fitzgerald said Orbital had chosen established partners - Vialle and
Continental - to supply proven components for its Australian systems.
"We will not be trying to invest something new," he said.
"We will be looking to leverage the knowledge of our partners. If then product
is to be reliable, we need to take a conservative approach."