Fuel Defend brings fuel anti-siphon device to U.S. market

Nov. 5, 2012
U.K.-based FuelDefend Global Limited is bringing its top-of-the-line, fuel anti-siphon device to the U.S. truck market. Dubbed “NeckIt!,” the device features fuel-fill holes that are just ¼-inch in diameter in a short, all-metal device that attaches securely inside neck of the fuel tank.

U.K.-based FuelDefend Global Limited is bringing its top-of-the-line, fuel anti-siphon device to the U.S. truck market. Dubbed “NeckIt!,” the device features fuel-fill holes that are just ¼-inch in diameter in a short, all-metal device that attaches securely inside the neck of the fuel tank.

According to company chairman and CEO, Russell Fowler, Neckit! is highly secure, easy to fit and fasten into the neck of the fuel tank and cannot be levered or pried out, yet it still allows for fast fueling. Initially, NeckIt! will be available through Kenworth and Peterbilt truck dealerships; sourced to them through Paccar Parts. Other dealerships are also expected to come on-line later.

FuelDefend maintains a warehouse in Nashville, TN to serve the U.S. market. More than a half-million units have already been sold around the world, according to Fowler, and are in use by fleets such as Coca-Cola in Nigeria, FedEx, UPS and DHL.

“Fuel costs the equivalent of $10 to $11 per gallon in the U.K., so fuel really is like gold all over Europe,” Fowler said. “The addressable market for stolen fuel is growing everywhere, for use in cars, trucks, agricultural equipment and stationary equipment.”

He also cited numerous examples of recent fuel thefts, noting that there are “one-off” thefts where someone drains your fuel tanks, but that there are also “small, regular skimming operations,” where someone siphons “just a few gallons of fuel,” on a regular basis. In either case, the results can be very costly.

FuelDefend is also launching its locking DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) tank caps into the U.S. market. The caps were originally launched in Europe, which began using DEF to help reduce oxides of nitrogen emissions before the United States adopted the technology.  

About the Author

Wendy Leavitt

Wendy Leavitt joined Fleet Owner in 1998 after serving as editor-in-chief of Trucking Technology magazine for four years.

She began her career in the trucking industry at Kenworth Truck Company in Kirkland, WA where she spent 16 years—the first five years as safety and compliance manager in the engineering department and more than a decade as the company’s manager of advertising and public relations. She has also worked as a book editor, guided authors through the self-publishing process and operated her own marketing and public relations business.

Wendy has a Masters Degree in English and Art History from Western Washington University, where, as a graduate student, she also taught writing.  

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