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SCI Adding Capacity – and Propane

May 24, 2012 in CNG, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Structural Composites Industries, now a unit of Worthington Cylinders, continues to expand its production capacity for Type III carbon-fiber-on-aluminum compressed natural gas (and hydrogen) fuel cylinders.

And, in a departure, SCI expects to begin distribution of propane fuel vessels, from Poland’s Stako, in the U.S.

Structural Composites Industries veteran John Coursen holds a lightweight (!) toroidal propane tank from its new affiliate Stako, of Slupsk, Poland. Propane fuel vessels from Stako represent a new product line for SCI, which is best known for Type III (carbon fiber on aluminum) CNG tanks. SCI was acquired by Type I manufacturer Worthington Industries in 2009, and Worthington industrial products director Wayne Powers, pictured at right, has come over to SCI as alternative fuels director. Worthington bought Stako last year. Worthington acquired a majority stake in Nitin, a CNG tank manufacturer in India, late in 2010.

SCI invested $1.8 million to expand the floor space at Pomona last year, and this year is spending a like amount on equipment to speed its production process.The improvements will boost production capability by about 40%, estimates product group manager John Coursen.

SCI customers include Impco Automotive for GMC and Chevy pickups, the Vehicle Production Group for the CNG version of the MV-1 wheelchair accessible mobility vehicle, Blue Bird Bus, and American Honda – SCI supplies a single, squat, 18.3-by-35.2-inch, 8-gasoline gallon equivalent cylinder for the dedicated-CNG Honda Civic Natural Gas (formerly the Civic GX).

Stako Acquired in 2011

The firm also makes pressure vessel shells for the accumulators on hydraulic hybrid vehicles.

A wide range of CNG cylinders – SCI has been in the business since the 1970s – encompasses capacities of 4 to 29.2 GGE (25.8 DGE, diesel gallon equivalent).

Multinational cylinder manufacturer Worthington acquired SCI in 2009. Worthington acquired a majority stake in India’s Nitin Cylinders Limited in late 2010, and last year bought Poland’s Stako.

Worthington claims the world’s broadest alternative fuel cylinder offering, replete with Type I steel, Type II hoop-wrapped steel, SCI’s Type III carbon-aluminum, and Type IV polymer-lined all-composite cylinders.

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