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.
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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