2016USA focus: Supporting Fleet replacement cycle with WorldKlass and Snowzilla brings record snowfall to New York.

Fleet Replacement Cycle – A Circular Economy Product gets reused

Jim Stout, CEO ScreeTech, visited a long term trial client of WorldKlass in Pennsylvania to view the retrieval of WorldKlass IR Canisters™, as part of a fleet replacement cycle. These canisters have saved 5% fuel on the client’s trucks and 10% fuel on their refrigerated trailers(reefers), producing an annual fuel reduction of 2900 litres for trucks and 628 litres for reefers.

Some 60 truck and reefer units were at the end of their life or had accident damage beyond economic repair. One of the circular economy features of this WorldKlass product is that canisters can be retrieved in such circumstances, and reused in replacement vehicles.

The robust product design allows the canisters to last longer than the vehicles they go on to.


It was fun climbing over snow drifts to get access to the vehicles and see what’s involved in removing WorldKlass canisters. A fairly quick and simple procedure, a feature of which (apart from the snowdrifts) was a large bucket for collecting the diesel from the units. These units went back to WorldKlass for refurbishment. While we were there, the client agreed to an uplift on units fitting to maintain a 50% coverage across an expanding fleet as part of the long term trial. [Update Spring 2017 – roll-out across the entire fleet of 1000 reefers has been approved and under way.]


Snowfall in Central Park, at 27.5 inches, set an all-time record for New York City.  Snowdrifts can be fun, but the blizzard conditions in the USA have brought much of the country to a standstill. Classed as a category 4, or crippling, winter storm, the Washington Post penned the name ‘Snowzilla’.

One report that “Residents were forced to walk in the streets of Washington, D.C., during and after the snowstorm” contrasted with somewhat more serious reports of death and destruction all along the east coast.

Travel bans were put in place to reduce fatalities and disruption in New York City, Newark, New Jersey and many other places. In the aftermath, 5 states and Washington DC were declared disaster areas by President Obama, releasing over £100M of federal assistance funds.